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Virginia House Dem Caucus: “Delegate Morrissey should resign immediately”

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A strong statement from Virginia House Democrats, with Minority Leader Toscano stating that Morrisey’s conviction “disqualifies him from serving in the House,” and with the entire caucus demanding that Morrisey “should resign immediately.” Now, we’ll see if he does, or if he needs to be expelled.

Richmond, VA – In light of his conviction for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, the House Democratic Caucus calls for the immediate resignation of Delegate Joe Morrissey.  The House of Delegates is the oldest legislative body in the United States of America and should hold its members to the highest standards of ethical conduct.  A conviction arising out of sexual misconduct involving a minor, accompanied by significant active jail time, and legislative service while serving in a jail work release program is not consistent with those standards.

“This is a very troubling case,” said Minority Leader David Toscano, “and disqualifies him from serving in the House.  Our citizens are looking very closely at their legislators and the integrity of the body and his trust with his constituents and his colleagues has been broken.  For the good of the General Assembly and the Commonwealth, he should immediately resign, and we are actively exploring all available options, including removal, if he does not.”

“The House Democratic Caucus believes that Delegate Morrissey should resign immediately so that that the People of the 74thDistrict can be served by a member who can focus on their needs without significant personal distractions,” said Caucus Chairman Scott Surovell.  

Also, Del. Krupicka tweets, “I encourage Mr. Morrissey to resign immediately. His acts related to his improper relationship with a minor discredit our legislature.” Aneesh Chopra tweets, “I’m with Rob.”

  • Dan Sullivan

    n/t

  •  ‏@GarrenShipley  11s11 seconds ago

    Why did it take a full day for @VAHouseDems to realize that Joe Morrissey needs to go? War on women, indeed.

  • Chairman Mullins: Delegate Morrissey Should Resign Immediately

    RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:

    “Democrat Joe Morrissey should resign his seat immediately. Each day that he fails to do so is a disgrace not only to himself, but to the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

    “It is unconscionable that after a full day, elected Democrats are just now joining the calls for Morrissey to go. Governor McAuliffe, Lt. Governor Northam, Attorney General Herring, and the Democratic Party of Virginia should all join the call.”

    “Should a man who has been convicted of taking advantage of a 17 year old, and who will spend the upcoming General Assembly session in jail resign his post? It’s not a difficult question, and Democrats, the party that claims to carry the banner for women, should have taken about 2 seconds to answer it.”

  • The RTD reports: “McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said in an email that “in light of his conviction on these disturbing charges, the governor believes Del. Morrissey should resign immediately.”

  • My god.

    He said he does not foresee his jail sentence impeding his law practice or his plans to file a civil action against people who he said conspired against him and the innocent alleged victim who worked in his office. He denied having sex with the now 18-year-old but declined to discuss her pregnancy, which was revealed by Neely at a press conference Friday.

    “It wouldn’t be appropriate” to discuss her condition, Morrissey said today.

    “My work release terms allow me 10 hours a day of work, seven days a week,” he said. He said he can return to jail each night as late as 10 p.m., although there could be extentions for long committee meetings at the General Assembly, which convenes in January.

    In today’s interview, Morrissey recalled the greeting he received from jail inmates Friday when he was booked at Henrico County Jail West after being sentenced. Morrissey is a longtime local attorney who has handled countless criminal cases in the Richmond region.

    “There was clapping and shouting” when he was booked,” he said.

    “You can imagine the hooping and hollering,” Morrissey said. “They said, ‘Fightin’ Joe is with us now!'”

  • MCLEAN, VA – In light of his recent conviction, today Kathleen Murphy called on Virginia Democratic Delegate Joe Morrissey to resign from the House of Delegates.

    “As a mother of five girls, I am appalled by Delegate Morrissey’s behavior,” said Kathleen Murphy, candidate in the special election in Virginia’s House District 34.  “As Virginians, we must hold our elected officials to the highest ethical standards of conduct. This is a tragic situation all around: for his victim, for his constituents and for his family.  Delegate Morrissey simply cannot continue to represent the 74th district and it is time for him to resign.”

  • SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS CALLS FOR DEL. MORRISSEY’S RESIGNATION

    Citing yesterday’s conviction, Senate Dems urge 74th district delegate to step down

    RICHMOND – Citing both the nature of his recent conviction and the urgent need to restore Virginians’ confidence in their elected officials, the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus this afternoon joined House Democrats and Gov. McAuliffe in calling Del. Joe Morrissey’s immediate resignation.

    Said Democratic Leader Sen. Dick Saslaw, (D – Fairfax) “Virginians expect and deserve representatives whose conduct – especially towards children – is above reproach. Del. Morrissey has failed to meet that standard. He has disqualified himself from further service, and we urge him to resign for the good of both his district and the Commonwealth.”

    Said Caucus Chair Sen. Donald McEachin (D – Henrico), “Unfortunately, lately, Virginians have seen all too much disgraceful behavior on the part of their elected officials. We must regain the trust of our constituents. We have a responsibility to lead, to demonstrate the highest ethical behavior and to insist on those standards for all those who are elected. With that in mind, Del. Morrissey should take the honorable course and resign.”

  • I do not take a call for resignation lightly, but Delegate Morrissey’s conduct is indefensible and unacceptable, especially for someone in a position of public trust. He should heed his colleagues’ advice and step down immediately.

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