CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Five-term Attorney General Darrell McGraw drew a last-minute Republican challenger over the weekend.
Patrick Morrisey, a health care lawyer and Jefferson County resident, joined the race Saturday, the last day to file.
Morrisey, 44, lives on a mountaintop in Harpers Ferry. He's a partner at the Washington, D.C. office of King & Spalding, an international law firm.
In a telephone interview Sunday, Morrisey said he wants to take a "fresh look" at the Attorney General's Office.
"As I started to look at the office of the attorney general,
I just thought it was so critical we take a fresh look at how the office operates," he said. "What we've been doing for the last 20 years just wasn't working."
Morrisey said McGraw has been on the "wrong side of promoting business" and that companies are "petrified" of dealing with McGraw.
Morrisey also said he would create a more transparent process for distributing money from settlements involving the attorney general's office and would do more to fight what he called "onerous federal regulations."
In particular, he said McGraw hasn't fought President Barack Obama's health care reform plan as attorneys general in other states have.
Morrisey said he assisted in the lawsuit 26 states brought against the plan - West Virginia was not among those states. An appeals court sided with the states and struck down a key part of the law. The U.S. Supreme Court is now reviewing that lower court ruling.
"I know that Darrell McGraw has really stood by the president on this critical issue, and I have been on the opposite side," Morrisey said.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney alluded to Morrisey's candidacy when Maloney filed to run last week.
"Hopefully, we've got a great attorney general that's going to run and we're going to tag team the Obamacare issue here in West Virginia," Maloney said before Morrisey entered the race.
The election isn't Morrisey's first.
In 2000, he unsuccessfully ran for the 7th Congressional District seat in New Jersey.
Morrisey said he moved to West Virginia in 2006 when he wanted to buy a house for the first time.