West Virginia’s AG Takes On the Administrative State

Montani Semper Liberi, Latin for “Mountaineers Are Always Free,” is West Virginia’s motto. To that motto, the Mountain State’s attorney general would like to add a coda: “Where woke policies and federal overreach go to die.” This is the stated aim of Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia’s thrice-elected Republican chief legal officer, soon to be entering his 10th year in office, as he revealed in a recent interview.

Morrisey has engaged in sustained litigation against the federal government, while jousting with the executive branch particularly over its embrace under the Obama and Biden administrations of ESG – Environmental, Social, and Governance – principles, and their efforts to codify and impose them by administrative fiat. In Morrisey’s view, efforts to institutionalize ESG – “the weapon of choice for the woke left to destroy the free market”– not only punish West Virginians but undermine America’s national interest and constitutional order.

Read the full article on RealClear Politics.

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