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BREAKING: No Indictment in Puckett Resignation Case; Del. Morrissey Going to Jail on Sex Charges


Yep, just another quiet day in ever-so-ethical Virginia (snark). By the way, let me be one of the first Virgnia Democrats to call on Del. Morrissey to resign immediately for his appalling behavior (even though, this being Virginia and all, he’s allowed to work in the House by day, go back to the “big house” at night, to paraphrase Jeff Schapiro).

UPDATE 8:11 am Saturday: Sure hope we get a statement from the Virginia House Democratic Caucus today. So far…continued chirping crickets.

UPDATE 8:34 pm: Other than Atif Qarni, not a single one of the 15 or so Virginia Dems I contacted a few hours ago has responded. I’d say while I’m not surprised, I’m disappointed.

UPDATE 6:34 pm: Just checking Twitter, I see that another Democrat – Jeremy McPike, who’s also running for State Senate in the 29th district – tweeted, “Morrissey enters plea.  Time for change. #MorrisseyTimeToResign”

UPDATE 5:43 pm: I forgot, but actually Del. Mark Keam called for Morrissey to resign on July 1, 2014. At the time, Keam said, “Virginians deserve better from their public servants. For the sake of the Commonwealth and its residents, I call on Delegate Joe Morrissey to resign immediately and to deal with his legal problems as a private citizen.​”

UPDATE 5:32 pm: Democrat Atif Qarni, who almost defeated Del. “Sideshow” Bob Marshall last year for House of Delegates, and who is running this year for State Senate in Virginia’s 29th district (currently held by Chuck Colgan), has called for Joe Morrissey to resign. According to Qarni, it’s “disgusting” and “predatory behavior” for a 57-year-old man to engage in a sexual relationship with a child. Regardless of party affiliation, Qarni adds, Morrissey’s behavior is “unethical” — “what’s wrong is wrong.”

UPDATE 5:08 pm: Dead silence. The sound of crickets quietly chirping…

UPDATE 4:46 pm: I’m checking with Virginia Dems to see if any of them will call on Morrissey to resign. So far, seems pretty quiet… By the way, note that Morrissey’s district is super “blue”/safe, so THAT is no excuse.

  • Shannon Taylor, Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney,

    Statement on Morrissey Conviction

    Ms. Taylor: “Those in our community, including elected officials, who violate those laws intended to protect our citizens must be held accountable for their actions”

    Henrico – Shannon Taylor, Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney, issued this this statement in response to Delegate Joe Morrissey’s conviction.

    “I assisted law enforcement and coordinated with them on this investigation because of my responsibility to the citizens of Henrico. I take my oath to protect them very seriously.

    Protecting our citizens, especially our youth and those most vulnerable, is the most important responsibility for those of us entrusted with enforcing the laws of the Commonwealth. Those in our community, including elected officials, who violate those laws intended to protect our citizens must be held accountable for their actions.

    Following Joe Morrissey’s conviction, I respect the decision of Judge Bass  to sentence Mr. Morrissey to active jail time and thank special prosecutor William Neely for his work in this case,” Ms. Taylor concluded.

  • Dan Sullivan

    I frankly don’t know who that is anymore. Senator Warner has spent more time at DPVA Central Committee meetings than the Party Chairman, who, based upon his vocation, should have some opinion about this.

    Will Morrissey be required to register as a sex offender? Remember that I have discussed the nature of offenders. Seldom are they held accountable the first time and more likely than not, they will offend again.

    And from the Party that claims to be on the right side of the War on Women, the silence on this is going to have a political price.

  • Dan Sullivan

    One of his attorneys is Ward Armstrong for cripes sake.

    In the midst of a raging storm over sexual misconduct has everyone in the Party leadership gone mute?

    Where are the women of principle in the DPVA?

  • I join with Governor McAuliffe, our House Caucus, and leaders from around the Commonwealth in calling for the immediate resignation of Delegate Joe Morrissey. As a doctor who takes care of minors, I am especially appalled by his actions.

    This is inexcusable, and Virginia deserves better of its representatives.

  • considered “work” under terms of Morrissey’s work release sentence? Hmmmm.

  • Morrissey asks Goldman to review constitution/law and provide findings before….deciding on next step. That makes perfect sense to me.

           As a former State Democratic Party Chair  and constitutional expert, I am already very familiar with Article IV, Section 7 of the Virginia Constitution concerning the right of the House of Delegates in the instant matter relating to Joe’s situation.

               The right of citizens to elect their House of Delegate representative – and in turn have their choice respected by those representing other constituencies in the other 99 districts  – involves the interplay of various state and federal legal matters. Experts understand the history is not cut and dried. .

                Therefore, call me old-fashioned since I believe YOUR fact finding is supposed to be done BEFORE your reach a conclusion, NOT afterwards.

                Due process is one of the most important Democratic Party ideals.

                But like I say: I have made no final or even preliminary judgments about anyone or anything even as regards those legislators quoted in the newspapers already.

               In the next few days, I will be seeking input, so anything you might want to send my way will be greatly appreciated.