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Virginia’s New Republican AG Fires 30 Staff Members Who Served Under Previous Democrat Administration

RICHMOND, VA – Republican Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares appears to be cleaning house after beating former Democrat AG Mark Herring this past November, as the new AG has reportedly informed approximately 30 staff members from the AG’s office that they’re not going to have a job under his administration [1].

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AG Miyares was sworn into office on January 15th but had already sent the word out prior to being sworn in that approximately 30 people from the AG’s office – to include 17 attorneys – that they’ll no longer be needed.

Without providing detailed specifics on what led Miyares to focus in on the aforementioned staff members, Miyares spokesperson Victoria LaCivita said the decision was reached due to AG Miyares having “different visions” of how the office will be run [3] versus that of his predecessor.

“During the campaign,” he said, “it was made clear that now Attorney General-elect Miyares and Attorney General Herring have very different visions for the office. We are restructuring the office, as every incoming AG has done in the past.”

Charlotte Gomer, the spokesperson for former Democrat AG Herring, called the dismissals enacted by Miyares as being “a significant loss to the mission of the Office of Attorney General.”

“These are dedicated and professional public servants who do important work,” said Gomer, “like investigate wrongful convictions, protect Virginians’ civil rights, help to ensure free and fair elections, and prevent human trafficking and opioid abuse. Their absence will be a significant loss to the mission of the Office of Attorney General.”

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While Democrats are attempting to paint this shake-up of the AG’s office as being something nefarious, it’s quite common practice for incoming administrations to dismiss staff that were onboarded by their predecessor.

On the day of his swearing in, Miyares took to Twitter announcing that he intends to investigate both “the Virginia Parole Board and Loudoun County Schools.”

“As a candidate, I promised to investigate the scandals at the Virginia Parole Board and Loudoun County Schools. As Attorney General, I am proud to say that the process has begun and the investigations are officially open,” he announced.

The announcement by Miyares regarding Loudon County mirrors the promises and one of the subsequent executive actions taken by Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin, as we previously reported here at Red Voice Media [7].

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