Incoming GOP Virginia attorney general fires 30 of his Democratic predecessor’s staffers

Prior to being sworn in, newly elected Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares made it clear that 30 people who worked for his Democratic predecessor would be shown the door.

Republican Jason Miyares officially replaced Democrat Mark Herring on Saturday. His November victory came alongside GOP wins in the gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial races, as well.

“On Friday, Miyares’ team said he made 30 personnel changes, including 17 attorneys and 13 staff members. Those attorneys include the solicitor general and deputies that served under Herring,” WVEC reported.

Andrew Ferguson, formerly the chief counsel for U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, will be taking over as solicitor general.

A spokeswoman for Miyares explained that he has far different priorities than Herring, so it makes sense that Miyares wants to staff his office with his own hires.

“During the campaign, it was made clear that now Attorney General-elect Miyares and Attorney General Herring have very different visions for the office,” spokeswoman Victoria LaCivita told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

“We are restructuring the office, as every incoming AG has done in the past,” LaCivita added.

Miyares started putting his vision for the attorney general’s office into action after being sworn in on Saturday, announcing probes into the Virginia Parole Board and Loudoun County Public Schools, Fox News reported.

“One of the reasons Virginians get so fed up with government is the lack of transparency – and that’s a big issue here,” Miyares said in a statement.

“The Virginia Parole Board broke the law when they let out murders, rapists, and cop killers early on their sentences without notifying the victims. Loudoun Country Public Schools covered up a sexual assault on school grounds for political gain, leading to an additional assault of a young girl,” the statement added.

Miyares and incoming Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin said earlier that the state will be challenging vaccine mandates imposed by the Biden administration.

“While we believe that the vaccine is a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19, we strongly believe that the Federal government cannot impose its will and restrict the freedoms of Americans and that Virginia is at its best when her people are allowed to make the best decisions for their families or businesses,” Miyares and Youngkin said in a joint statement, according to WTVR.