January 27, 2014
Angry conservatives are wasting no time calling for the new Attorney General to be impeached.
This comes not long after Mark Herring revealed he believes the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
"I have concluded that Virginia’s ban on marriage between same sex couples violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th amendment to the United States constitution."
He also has officially joined a lawsuit challenging the state's 2006 ban on gay marriage.
Conservative blog the bearing drift has published a draft of the resolution, reportedly under consideration by two anonymous general assembly delegates, to impeach herring for refusing the defend a provision of the state constitution.
The national organization for marriage, which opposes same-sex unions, called for herring's impeachment on grounds of "neglect of duty."
But are conservative calls for impeachment so early in his time in office a bad thing? Not necessarily according to Geoffrey Skelley of the Center for Politics.
"I think if anything it’s kind of the first in the 2017 fight for the gubernatorial nomination. Herring is going to use his position as attorney general to position himself as having a good shot at being the democratic nominee."
And is this a savvy political move?
"He’s taking a long view on this I’m pretty sure. And it’s more than just...it has also personal I guess in that sense because it could affect his political hopes in future."