McGraw said if cases are settled, the services the settlements offer West Virginians have to be advertised. He said he believes a lawyer's name needs to be on ads that advertise such legal services.
"The election and the settlement coincide - and guess what?" McGraw said. "I'm glad."
Morrisey wanted McGraw to elaborate on why he was glad.
"Because I do want to point out that if any one point or any one purpose of advertising is political in nature, that can get people in a lot of trouble," Morrisey said.
McGraw turned philosophical.
"For 2,500 years, we've been arguing about what's 'political,' " McGraw said. "I think it was Plato - wasn't it? - that said 'political' depends on where you stand while you're looking at it."
He said, moments later, "So it coincides and all the sudden it's a federal case?"
Morrisey said he has to raise money just to compete with spending by McGraw's office.
"We're trying to raise the money because, to be honest, we have to compete with this taxpayer-financed machine," Morrisey said. "He had $6.1 million of the mortgage settlement, and we're looking at such a significant percentage being spent on blatantly political activities, so we have to raise as much money to make sure that my name, I.D. and our message gets out."
"Right there - stop it!" McGraw said. "Stop it! Right there you had an assertion -"
Morrisey, "What's false about it?"
McGraw continued, "- about 'taxpayer-paid machine' - there's no such thing, OK? But it goes on, it just goes on, running on and on and on and on with no basis for anything . . ."
The pair shook hands at the beginning of the meeting but not at the end, though Morrisey held out his hand as McGraw was turning to leave.
Morrisey has repeatedly challenged McGraw to a series of public debates ahead of the Nov. 6 election. McGraw said Wednesday, "I don't get into debates about how to enforce the law."