CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – In an announcement made on Talkline Monday morning, current West Virginia State Auditor J.B. McCuskey announced his withdrawal from the gubernatorial race and his intention to run for attorney general.
McCuskey leaves a crowded GOP gubernatorial primary field and enters an attorney general race that has been a head-to-head race between current State Senators Mike Stuart (R-Kanawha) and Ryan Weld (R-Brooke).
McCuskey praised the work of current Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and stated his intention to continue his work if elected AG.
Both Stuart and Weld had a reaction to McCuskey’s decision to enter the AG race.
In a Twitter post Sunday evening, Stuart posted a photo of a J-B Weld glue package with the following caption: “Different packaging. Same moderate product. The people of West Virginia deserve something stronger, that’s proven to fight the challenge, with a record of proven results.”
Following the official announcement from McCuskey Monday morning, Stuart tweeted the following statement: “Gender fluidity is all the rage but office fluidity? I guess it’s like bathrooms today. You wake up and decide you feel like “the other one.” Today, “I wanna be Gov” identifies as “I now wanna be AG.” Wonder what he’ll want to be tomorrow?”
Weld also criticized McCuskey for his decision to enter the race.
“I have never shied away from competition or confrontation, and I welcome anyone to this race – because I’m confident that I am the most qualified candidate to be West Virginia’s next attorney general,” Weld said in a statement. “It’s clear that JB McCuskey is scrambling. After his bid to become governor failed to gain any traction whatsoever, he has abandoned that campaign and jumped into yet another statewide race.”
“It is obvious that McCuskey is doing all he can to remain relevant until he can run for governor again in eight years. The office of attorney general is far too critical for it to be used as a stepping stone for someone’s fledgling political aspirations.”
The candidate filing deadline is January 27, 2024. The West Virginia Primary Election is set for May 14, 2024.