Attorney General's Hire as Deputy Quits
A political operative hired by West Virginia's attorney general has quit.
Lance James Henderson's resignation Wednesday followed a report of his hiring by the Charleston Gazette-Mail. In a statement on his resignation, Henderson said his hiring as Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's deputy chief of staff had become a distraction.
Morrisey hired Henderson at a salary just under $100,000 after eliminating a consumer fraud investigator position. The hiring sparked criticism by Democrats seeking Morrisey's office and by party leaders.
In 2014, Henderson worked for Maine Gov. Paul LePage's re-election campaign. He's been a political operative for the past 25 years.
Morrisey's office has said Henderson was hired to help manage scheduling and communications.