Mark Herring Running For AG

By Loudoun Insider

This has been expected for some time and will surely set off a mad scramble on both sides of the aisle to fill his Senate seat should he get elected to be Attorney General.  Luckily for Herring he doesn’t have to step down as Senator and will still have his position if he loses.


  • BlackOut says:

    Excellent news. Finally a Statesman option for AG rather than an activist.

  • Baron Rosedown says:

    Herring will make a solid AG.

    Cuccinelli’s performance has been abysmal, nothing says success like wasting tax payer dollars on lawsuits, only to lose time and time again.

  • BTownite says:

    Herring would make a good AG. Calm, conscientious, moderate.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Best news I’ve heard for weeks…

  • FedUp says:

    This great news for the GOP nominee. A liberal Democrat from northern Virginia doesn’t stand a chance of winning.

  • BlackOut says:

    FedUp, Herring appeals to Independents that’s big trouble for the GOP nominee.

  • TCJohnson says:

    “This great news for the GOP nominee. A liberal Democrat from northern Virginia doesn’t stand a chance of winning.”

    Kind of like how Barack Obama and Jim Webb didn’t have a chance of winning?

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Herring should have a pretty good chance since Obenshain and Bell will be doing all they can to outdo the other to continue the “legacy” of Cuccinelli as AG. A lot will ride on how Cuccinelli does for Governor.

  • Independent voter says:

    This Independent will definitely be supporting Mark. He will be great as AG. Heck, anyone will be an improvement over the Kookinelli.

  • FedUp says:

    “Herring appeals to Independents…”

    Maybe in his district, but this is a statewide race and he will have a tough time getting enough votes to win.

  • Elder Berry says:

    Great news, hurray for Mark. It would be such a relief to have someone as AG who cares more about the law and the welfare of the state than any personal agenda.

  • BlackOut says:

    FedUp, Herring has earned his support from this area because of his record and resume. He obviously has wide appeal amongst Independents and many responsible republicans.

    That same record will have the same appeal state wide. I think his challenge will be name recognition and getting his message to a wider audience. It will take a lot of work, but he’s got the right formula.

    Herring easily trounced the angry and far right republican Mick Staton and I suspect the voters will see a similar choice between Herring and Cuccinelli (if he wins) If it is Bolling I think the race becomes closer.

  • Baron Rosedown says:

    Fedup, The voting population is concentration in NoVa, where Herring polls very well with Is, Ds and moderate Rs. The only way the GOP can hold onto the AG’s seat is to nominate a moderate and that’s not going to happen.

    Cuccinelli’s legacy is crap, he is a self described activist AG and has lost every lawsuit he has drafter. Legal goose eggs, does not translate to likeability or electability.

  • Alfred E. Newman says:

    Herring has a solid track record as a middle-of-the-road Democrat, not an idelogoy warrior by any means (many Democrats I know have actually been disappointed that he isn’t more liberal). He was also an excellent BOS member. It would be such a relief to have an AG who handles the office foremost as the Commonwealth’s lawyer, and not as some dogmatic platform.

  • Hillsboro says:

    Herring’s acceptance of $25k from Bloomberg and his anti-gun votes will haunt him dearly in a statewide race.

  • FedUp says:

    BO, Y’all forget that Herring was beaten solidly by conservative Russ Potts in his first attempt to run for Senate. In his last 3 races, he has not faced a strong candidate and his current district, drawn up by the Democrat majority in the Senate, is full of Democrats and left-leaning Independents. It is not at all representative of what he will face in a statewide race.

    Please list some of his outstanding achievements. I can’t think of any. One negative is that during his terms, state support of higher education has dropped by about 25%, which has forced unaffordable tuition hikes, especially for those in Loudoun who are too “rich” to qualify for needs-based financial aid.

    During his term on the Board of Supervisors, spending and taxes went through the roof.

    Hillsboro is spot on about anti-gun votes.

  • NotJohnSMosby says:

    So, Mark Herring is solely responsible for tuition hikes?

  • liz says:

    Herring voted for increased government funding of higher education, look to your own party in Richmond to blame for those tuition hikes.

  • BlackOut says:

    FedUp, Mick Staton was in that race against Herring as the clear front runner. That was a tough race. Oh and a big shocker to the Black Brigade.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Russ Potts is now considered a conservative FedUp?

  • FedUp says:

    “FedUp, Mick Staton was in that race against Herring as the clear front runner.”

    “Gang of Five” member Mick Staton? Although Mick was an outstanding fiscal conservative and definitely the best candidate in the race, I think he was dragged down by the low popularity of the Republican-majority Board of Supervisors he served on. Remember that Republicans in general were having a tough time winning elections back then. I don’t see how he could have been considered the front runner.

  • BlackOut says:

    FedUp, Staton was dragged down because of his personality and his father in law. Delusions of grandeur made him think he was a shoo in. He was surrounded by a bunch of cheerleaders and swarmed by the electorate that didn’t by into the arrogance of the group.

    But hey this ain’t about Staton, it’s about Herring kicking his ass.

  • NoMoreSecrets says:

    Herring will be a great AG. The only problem is that Kurt Krause (member of the GOBGN and current Chamber leader) has been itching for this senate seat for quite some time. He and Herring had an understanding that Krause wouldn’t run as long as Herring wants the seat. Now, with Herring out of the way, he will no doubt make a run. Lord help us all!

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