Delegate Gilbert calls on AG to step down if he's running for governor

Del. Todd Gilbert in a January 2016 interview with WHSV
Del. Todd Gilbert in a January 2016 interview with WHSV(WHSV)
Published: Dec. 11, 2018 at 4:29 PM EST
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Following an interview in which Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said he plans to run for governor in 2021, Delegate Todd Gilbert, who represents Shenandoah County and serves as the House Majority Leader in Virginia's House of Delegates, is calling for Herring to resign.

Herring, a Democrat,

he's planning to run for Gov. Ralph Northam's position.

But Gilbert pointed out that Herring

in 2013 that he would resogm as attorney general if he decided to run for governor.

Herring, who defeated Virginia senator Mark Obenshain for the attorney general position, campaigned on a pledge of taking politics out of the office. He was also following criticism against Ken Cuccinelli, who stayed in the attorney general position during his gubernatorial campaign.

“Mark Herring promised to get politics out of the office of the Attorney General, including a pledge to resign should he decide to run for Governor,” Gilbert said. “From day one, Mark Herring has used his office to put ideological political considerations above the law. Now we will see if Mr. Herring intends to make good on even a small measure of his campaign promises. If he is a man of his word, Mark Herring’s resignation will be on Governor Northam’s desk by the end of the year."

Herring, a former state senator, won re-election in 2017 amid a heavy Democratic shift in Virginia, and has been a frequent critic of President Donald Trump and a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, immigrant-friendly policies, and stricter gun control.

“If Mark Herring doesn’t resign right away, his next round of campaign promises will ring hollow yet again,” Gilbert said.

During Cuccinelli's campaign, criticism was widespread when he turned against precedent and did not resign as attorney general.