Republican House majority leader calls on Herring to resign AG post, citing 2013 campaign promise

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

House of Delegates Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, is calling on Attorney General Mark Herring to resign from his position now that Herring has said he will run for governor in 2021.

Gilbert cited a 2013 Virginian-Pilot article in which Herring is quoted saying he would step down from his post as attorney general should he ever decide to run for governor. The promise followed criticism of then-Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who mounted an unsuccessful campaign for governor while he held the post.

“If he is a man of his word, Mark Herring’s resignation will be on Gov. Northam’s desk by the end of the year,” Gilbert said in a news release. “If Mark Herring doesn’t resign right away, his next round of campaign promises will ring hollow yet again.”

Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah.

A spokesman for Herring’s office, Michael Kelly, said in an email that the attorney general “will not be resigning anytime soon.”

Kelly said Gilbert’s call for the resignation was “another typically partisan and predictable response,” adding that the attorney general still “has a lot he’s working on,” including legislation he’s planning to introduce this year to combat hate crimes and address white supremacist violence.

“He will remain focused on being the best attorney general possible for the people of Virginia,” Kelly said.