Sounds radical, doesn’t it? A bill to require the Attorney General, or his designee, to defend Virginia’s laws has passed the House of Delegates by a vote of 68 to 32. [read_more] Brenda Pogge (R-James City)sponsored House Bill 1573 which would force the Attorney General to “represent the Commonwealth”. We might have thought it unnecessary before Attorney General Herring’s refusal to defend the laws of the Commonwealth with which he disagrees, including the gay marriage amendment.
“It wasn’t the issue of gay marriage so much as the [principle] that we had an attorney general who had sworn to uphold the Constitution of Virginia and was AWOL on our first challenge,” Ms. Pogge said Tuesday.
A spokesman for Attorney General Herring said the bill was not necessary. Of course he thinks it’s unnecessary.