“I like to say Virginia is not a red state or a blue state — it’s really just a common-sense state,” Miyares told Fox News in a Tuesday interview about his victory in November. “Voters felt like the far-left monopoly had really gotten off the rails pushing a lot of issues that were way outside where most mainstream Virginians were, and that’s probably the biggest reason that propelled it.”
A las pocas horas de asumir el cargo, Miyares Anunciado investigations into two campaign issues that were prominent topics on the campaign trail, the Loudoun County, Virginia, sexual assault controversy and alleged impropriety within the Virginia Parole Board’s release of dangerous criminals.
Miyares, who told Fox News that his campaign was predicated on ending a “criminal first victim last” mentality that exists within the conversation of criminal justice reform, referred to recent actions taken by the Virginia Parole board as one of the “greatest scandals in Virginia political history.”
“You had a bunch of far-left social justice warriors that had gotten control of the parole board and were implementing a victim-last mindset, letting out cop killers, murderers and rapists, some of them with decades on their sentence, out back on the street without notifying families,” Miyares said. “En Virginia, the parole board is required by law to get input from the victims before letting out folks on parole.”
Miyares referenced a case in which Patrick Schooley Jr., quien fue publicado from prison in April after receiving three life sentences for the brutal 1979 home invasion, rape and murder of 78-year-old Bessie Rountree. The victim’s family says they were never notified, and Miyares pledged to hold the Virginia State Board accountable for that decision and several others.
The attorney general’s investigation into Loudoun County follows the arrest of a 14-year-old male high school student who identifies as nonbinary and who has been found guilty of sexually assualting a female student in a school bathroom. That student was transferred to another school where he allegedly sexually assaulted another student. The district has been acusado of covering up the initial crime which resulted in one of the alleged victim’s parents being arrested at a school board meeting.
“In the Loudoun County school system, the idea that they would have somebody who committed a violent sexual assault against an innocent 14-year-old girl and then transfer that individual to another school where a second alleged assault took place is just tragic,” Miyares said. “The fact that they just decided to essentially not disclose and not report some of this that is alleged, we’re going to get to the bottom of it and understand what happened.
Around the same time the investigations were being announced, newly elected Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin rolled out 11 executive actions, including a ban of critical race theory, removal of mask mandates for children in schools, authorizing Miyares to launch his investigations, and cutting job regulations by 25%.
“We did not want to wait a day,” Miyares said about the incoming administration’s sense of urgency. “We weren’t going to wait until next week to do this. We got sworn in and promptly went up to the third floor of the Capitol to a conference room to sign some executive orders.”
Miyares also didn’t waste any time making personnel moves in the attorney general’s office, which was previously occupied by Democrat Mark Herring, who boasted about turning the office into a progressive powerhouse. Miyares fired and reassigned dozens of employees of the office in a move that he says is “típico” when a new administration takes power.
“My far-left Democratic predecessor had a very different view on how the office should be run,” Miyares said. “He bragged that he turned his office into a progressive powerhouse, and Virginians ultimately saw that and voted for change. Asi que, implicit in that is that our transition team is bringing our own team of very smart, capable individuals and attorneys that are going to help me keep that same promise I made to Virginians. And I don’t think that’s a surprise, and this type of turnover apparently is very common for a new attorney general.”
Shortly after news of the office shakeup broke, prominent Democratic Virginia State Sen. Louise Lucas and others reclamado that Miyares had fired the entire Civil Rights Division of the attorney general’s office, which Miyares says is incorrect and “laughable.”
“Mark Twain said that a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth puts its pants on in the morning,” Miyares said. “In a division of 12 attorneys, we said that two are not going to be rehired as part of the new administration and are going to be replaced.”