What They’re Saying: Morrisey “Enters The Race With His Own Baggage”

A “carpetbagger” who “helped fuel the state’s opioid crisis because of his work as a Washington lobbyist,” Republicans call him “Pain Pill Pat”

On the first day of the general election, Patrick Morrisey is already under fire for the vulnerabilities raised by his Republican primary opponents – he’s a carpetbagger and a D.C. opioid lobbyist who has worked to enrich himself at West Virginia’s expense.

See for yourself:

Washington Times: “Mr. Morrisey faced charges of being a carpetbagger — he ran for Congress in New Jersey — and that he helped fuel the state’s opioid crisis because of his previous work as a Washington lobbyist. His campaign has accepted donations from lobbyists and others with direct connections to the pharmaceutical sector, and his rivals even dubbed him “#PainPillPat” on Twitter.”

WV MetroNews: “Morrisey is a former lobbyist for the prescription drug industry whose campaigns have been funded by those same companies.”

WHSV: “Jenkins also continuously brought up Morrisey’s past lobbying ties to the pharmaceutical industry.”

Register-Herald: “Some conservatives criticized Morrisey, a former lobbyist, during the GOP primary for his past representation of pharmaceutical companies and Planned Parenthood.”

Politico: “Morrisey enters the race with his own baggage…Morrisey used to be a Washington lobbyist, and Morrisey’s wife still is one. Also, Morrisey ran for Congress in 2000 — in New Jersey.”

The Hill: “Jenkins hammered Morrisey for his tri-state area roots and criticized him for working as a Washington lobbyist with ties to the pharmaceutical industry.”

Roll Call: “He’s not without his own ties to Washington. He used to work on Capitol Hill, and his past work for lobbying firms, as well as his wife’s lobbying work, were frequent sources of attacks in the primary. He previously ran for Congress in New Jersey, where he grew up and attended college.”

BuzzFeed: “Morrisey is not without baggage: He made his first — unsuccessful — bid for office in New Jersey, before moving to West Virginia. He is also a former lobbyist, which can be a dirty word in politics. He did some lobbying for the pharmaceutical industry, a potentially potent attack in a state that has suffered from the opioid epidemic.”

New York Times: “He is a transplant from New Jersey who once worked as a Washington lobbyist for the pharmaceutical industry, running in a state ravaged by the opioid epidemic.”

Wall Street Journal: “Mr. Morrisey has been West Virginia’s Attorney General since 2012, but he also has worked as a Washington lobbyist and congressional aide. Born in New York, he ran unsuccessfully for a New Jersey House seat in 2000.”


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