"There's no question that to the victor go the spoils and governors in the past have appointed people with whom they were familiar through the political process," said Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, who is chairman of the House committee that oversees the ABC. "But the nature of this particular favor is, I think, much different in that the governor somehow got a gentleman who had a long history of supporting and working for Republican candidates to completely switch sides. And it does beg the question whether any promise was made to secure that switch."
Del. Todd Gilbert, R- Shenandoah, said Herring's remarks on the campaign trail last year prompted Gilbert to propose legislation that would give lawmakers the ability to intervene in lawsuits on behalf the state.