When relative newcomer Patrick Morrisey ran for the Republican nomination for state attorney general, the first question in Republican circles was "Patrick who?"
The second question was "What would he do with the office?"
In the end, voters took a chance on the unknown, electing Morrisey over longtime Attorney General Darrell McGraw, whom they had come to know very well.
Morrisey's appointments, as he prepares to take office, are reassuring. He has surrounded himself with highly capable, highly regarded people.
* Dan Greear will be chief counsel. A former delegate, Greear challenged McGraw in 2008 and lost by only about 3,000 votes.
* Elbert Lin will be solicitor general. A graduate of Yale, Lin is a former trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
* Marty Wright will be public integrity officer and a deputy attorney general. Wright is currently deputy general counsel of the state Ethics Commission.
* Richie Heath and Tracy Webb also will be deputy attorneys general.
Heath is currently executive director of West Virginia Citizens for Lawsuit Abuse, which supported Morrisey's campaign.