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Virtual Debate 08 – Day 6

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Attorney General of West Virginia

Welcome to the final day of Virtual Debate ’08, the opportunity for candidates for statewide office in West Virginia to speak directly to you, the voter.

Today, the office of Attorney General for West Virginia has been given the opportunity to answer questions of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, our allied ministries, ministry friends, and members of the West Virginia media.  In addition, each candidate was given the option of submitting, and answering, a question of their own design.

Both candidates were given the same questions and the same amount of time to answer them.  It should be noted that each candidate was informed that, should they wish not to participate, then the words, “This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ‘08” beside their entry.

It is not our intent to endores or oppose any candidate for office.  We simply transmit directly to you the answers of those running for office as we received them.

Day 6….

 Biography of Mr. Dan Greear

SCHS 1986  National Merit Scholar

B.S.  Liberty University 1989, Summa Cum Laude

J.D.  WVU  1992.  (3rd in class)

Dan’s legal career began with the law firm of Goodwin and Goodwin. He practiced there for two years before moving to Meyer-Darragh. He continued his work as an attorney with that firm until 1995. On January 1, 1996, Dan helped open the law firm Kesner, Kesner and Bramble. He continues as a partner in that firm actively representing individuals and businesses throughout the state of West Virginia and in federal court.

Dan served in the House of Delegates representing the 30th District in 1995 and 1996. During his term he was  active fighting for tax relief for West Virginia citizens.  Dan received endorsements from organizations such as West Virginians for Life and the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Dan married his wife, Amy, in 1992. They currently have two children.  Amy currently is employed as a Hospice social worker. The entire family is active at Spring Hill Baptist Church where Dan serves as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and youth leader.

No other candidate submitted a biography.

 

Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq. of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia asks, “How do you believe that you as the Attorney General can promote and encourage strong families?”

The Hon. Darrell McGraw

Mr. Dan Greear

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. I believe that my victory over Darrell McGraw will show the country that our state is truly changing.  The defeat of McGraw will signal to the business world that we truly are changing and they will have an Attorney General who will look to work with those businesses to comply with our laws.  This new direction will encourage more companies to look at West Virginia and bring jobs and a better economy to our state.  Better jobs with better pay give all of our families a chance to succeed. On a personal note, I hope that my life and faith will serve as an encouragment for many in our state.  I have a strong personal belief in Jesus Christ, and while I often fail, I try to live my life following his teachings.  I hope I can encourage the strengthening of families by, as a leader of our state, setting a strong example for others to follow. 

 

Tom Minnery, Senior Vice-President for Government and Public Policy with Focus on the Family Action asks, “Would you enforce legislation that adopted appropriate medical standards for abortion facilities like those required for other ambulatory surgical facilities?”

The Hon. Darrell McGraw

Mr. Dan Greear

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. I strongly believe that legislation should be enforced by the Attorney General without respect to the political sensitivity of the issue.  Abortion facilities will be held to the same standards applicable to all other such facilities. I want to make it clear that I plan to do the job as the Attorney General of our state in the way the framers of our Constitution intended. Simply put, I will be the state’s lawyer and represent the state to the best of my and my office’s ability in all matters including those I may personally believe in and other issues in which I may personally disagree.The state is the client of the Attorney General and I will represent my client on all matters. On this matter, I will enforce the laws of our state, including the required medical standards should the Legislature choose to pass such laws.

 

 

Barry Holstein of Kanawha County, West Virginia asks, “What is your stance on assault weapon ownership and regulations?”

The Hon. Darrell McGraw

Mr. Dan Greear

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. As Attorney General, I will enforce the laws of our state including cases of gun laws currently on the books or those our Legislature may pass.  I am a strong believer in the Second Amendment and the rights of individual gun owners and will represent the state as my client in these matters according to the laws our Legislature establishes.  

 

Chris Dickerson of the West Virginia Record asks, “What needs to be done to correct the notion – real or perceived – that West Virginia (and it’s legal system in particular) is not friendly to business?”

The Hon. Darrell McGraw

Mr. Dan Greear

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. While there are many issues that can help the state’s business climate, I can’t think of a single greater act of showing the country our state is changing than to defeat Darrell McGraw.  Our victory will send shock waves throughout the business community and let the country know that we ready for a new direction in our state.  

 

Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq. of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia asks, “Would you enforce ‘hate’ crimes laws that would extend special protections for homosexual behavior?”

The Hon. Darrell McGraw

Mr. Dan Greear

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq. of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia asks, “Would you enforce ‘hate’ crimes laws that would extend special protections for homosexual behavior?” Initially, it must be pointed out that to date, the Legislature has not added sexual orientation to hate crimes laws.  I will not seek to do by policy through the AG’s office what the legislature has chosen not to do.  Specifically, I will not try to create specific protections for homosexual behavior out of the AG’s office.  I would also add that as a Delegate I fought against legislation seeking to add sexual orientation to the hate crimes law.As Attorney General of our state, it will not be my responsibility to make such policy decisions, but to represent the state with respect to laws passed by the Legislature. 

 

Gary Bauer, President of ministry friend American Values asks, “Would you prosecute, or encourage the prosecution of, abortion providers in West Virginia who fail to report and/or falsify records of minors seeking abortions under coercion?”

The Hon. Darrell McGraw

Mr. Dan Greear

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. The Attorney General of West Virginia currently does not have prosecutorial powers.  However, we believe we will be able to rebuild respect for the office during our tenure. In this case, if abortion providers fail to abide by applicable laws and regulations concerning reporting requirements for abortions to minors or any other procedure, those laws and regulations will be enforced by my office.

 

Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq. of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia asks, “As Attorney General, how do you propose to combat the growth of child pornography in West Virginia?”

The Hon. Darrell McGraw

Mr. Dan Greear

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. The Office of Attorney General under a Greear administration will work closely with local prosecutors to provide the support they need to vigorously prosecute child pornographers.  I will lobby the Legislature for additional laws and regulations to fight this issue when necessary.  

 

Tony Perkins, President of allied ministry Family Research Council asks, “Do you believe the Constitution of the State of West Virginia recognizes domestic partnerships for same-sex couples?  Civil Unions?”

The Hon. Darrell McGraw

Mr. Dan Greear

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. No.  I personally do not believe our Constitution grants recognition of domestic partnerships or civil unions. The framers of our Constitution clearly did not have the intent to recognize domestic partnerships or civil unions for same-sex couples when the Constitution was drafted and approved.  

 

Phil Raines of Kanawha County, West Virginia asks, “Does our state constitution permit the practice of so-called ‘partial-birth abortion?'”

The Hon. Darrell McGraw

Mr. Dan Greear

This candidate has declined participation in Virtual Debate ’08. No.  I do not believe our constitution allows the practice partial-birth abortion.  

 

Mr. Dan Greear’s Question:

What do you believe the key components of your campaign are that differentiate you from the current Attorney General?

 

Mr. Dan Greear’s Answer:

I am committed to serving the state and pledge to uphold the following five commitments as West Virginia Attorney General:

1. Enforcing Consumer Protection & Improving the Business Climate:

As Attorney General, I promise to protect West Virginians by enforcing consumer protection laws while also working with business and industry to maintain a business-friendly and job growth environment. A business-friendly environment drives economic development, creating and keeping the work here at home – in West Virginia.

2. Ending Abuse of Official Offices for Political Gain:

As Attorney General, I will end the abuse of using public office for political gain, such as the practice of using taxpayer funding for re-election campaigns. The integrity and honesty of public officials and public offices will be above-board and maintained.

3. Increasing Transparency & Accountability:

As Attorney General, I pledge that all settlement recoveries by the Attorney General’s Office will be turned over to the state legislature for appropriation and dissemination to the people of West Virginia. This change will provide the greatest accountability and transparency of the process.

4. Implementing a Competitive Bid Process:

As Attorney General, Special Assistant Attorneys General will only be hired in rare circumstances. All such hires, including outside vendors, will be based on a competitive and public bidding process.

5. Crime:

As Attorney General, I promise to get tougher on crime. I will work with law enforcement at all levels to keep convicted criminals behind bars through aggressive representation on the State of West Virginia in criminal appeals. I will readily assist prosecutors and law enforcement agents with legal issues regarding criminal procedure.

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Written by Jeremy Dys

September 22, 2008 at 12:17 pm

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