Republican Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin made headlines this week when he scored an upset gubernatorial victory in Virginia against former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Youngkin wasn’t the only GOP candidate to win, as Republican Jason Miyares secured the job of attorney general.
During a press conference, Miyares promised to investigate how authorities handled the sexual assault of a minor in one of Loudoun County’s schools. It’s a promise that should have many on the left scrambling, as many believe the incident led to a string of Republican victories in the otherwise blue state.
The case gained national attention after Daily Wire reporter Luke Rosiak spoke with Loudoun County father Scott Smith about how his daughter had been sexually assaulted in a school bathroom by a boy wearing a skirt.
Her attacker, who was later accused of assaulting another girl, was convicted in October in juvenile court, Yahoo News reports.
Going after prosecutors
When Smith attempted to raise the issue at a June school board meeting, official insisted that they had no record of any such assault taking place and called the police on him for disrupting the meeting.
The father was arrested and subsequently prosecuted by Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj, who sought jail time for Smith, despite Fox News noting that she had run on an anti-mass incarceration platform.
The incident became a hot-button, cornerstone issue in this year’s election. The Daily Caller reported Miyares was asked what he planned to do about it in a Thursday briefing.
“Do you plan to investigate Loudoun County Public Schools and the recent sexual assaults that have happened there?” a journalist called out.
“I’m going to do their job”
Miyares said he would, in fact, investigate what happened, and went on to express support for “a bill that would essentially say if the chief law enforcement officer in a jurisdiction, either the chief of police or the sheriff, makes a request, because the commonwealth’s attorney is not doing their job, then I’m going to do their job for them.”
The newly-elected AG made clear that he was speaking “specifically” about “some of the so-called social justice commonwealth attorneys” who are found “particularly in northern Virginia.”
Miyares went on to say that “victims have been forgotten,” adding that he has “serious problems” with prosecutors who make “plea deals on child rape cases.”
With a slate of new Republicans elected in the state, it appears as if they’re dead-set on making a difference in what’s happening in our children’s schools, and it’s undoubtedly an issue that other Republicans across the country will pounce on as the 2022 midterm elections near.