Last fall, WV’s AG Patrick Morrisey hinted that he would soon be announcing that he was running for U.S. Senate. Here’s the Fox News online’s headline for November 15, 2022:
'BIG NEWS COMING': West Virginia AG Morrisey hints at 2024 Senate run, points to likely 'new position in 2025'
And here’s Morrisey in January:
Is Morrisey still interested in running? If his Trump sycophancy is any indication, the answer is “yes”. (Morrisey is the author of the op-ed.)
On the other hand, some in the national media are not taking Morrisey seriously. Here’s Politico, last week:
Republican losers look to run again in ’24 — and the party’s at odds over how to stop them
And guess who is in the article?
It’s not just the 2022 candidates looking to run it back. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is weighing a rematch against Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) may mount another bid against Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), after both Republicans lost in 2018.
“Patrick, we get along fine, I try to get along with all my opponents,” Manchin said. “If I run, I’ll win.”
So why has West Virginia’s Hamlet, AG Patrick Morrisey, been delaying his decision to run for U.S. Senate against the likely Democratic candidate, Joe Manchin? Probably, the possible entrance of Governor Jim Justice concerns him. (The recent poll by the Senate Leadership Fund (see here) would certainly support that conclusion.)
But here’s a different take: perhaps, Morrisey doesn’t intend to run for Senate. Maybe he is teasing the possibility of running for Senate in order to pay back previous campaign debts. Returning to his Twitter page, we find a post (at the top) not unlike similar posts in the past:
If you click on the various links, you’ll eventually find where your money is going if you join "Team Morrisey":
The first $1,000 from an individual shall be allocated to Morrisey for Attorney General for 2012 general election debt retirement as permitted by law. The next $1,000 from an individual shall be allocated to Morrisey for West Virginia for 2016 primary election debt retirement as permitted bylaw. The next $1,000 from an individual shall be allocated to Morrisey for West Virginia for 2016 general election debt retirement as permitted by law. The next $5,000 from an individual shall be allocated to Blue and Gold Fund. The next $10,000 from an individual shall be allocated to the West Virginia Republican Party, Inc.
Yes, a contribution to “Team Morrisey” helps to pay down Morrisey’s debts from previous campaigns.
Under this scenario, Morrisey will, once he’s exhausted his suckers/donors, announce that after considerable thought, he has decided that he can best serve the great citizens of West Virginia by remaining in his present job. Consequently, in 2024, he will forego a run for the U.S. Senate; choosing instead to continue the good fight by running once again for Attorney General.