The question needs to be asked: What on earth is wrong with the voting gene pool of Virginia? A governor that wants to kill newborns, state’s lieutenant governor sexually assaulting women, touting the ‘blackface’ as young men, and now former state delegate Joe Morrissey has won the primary for Virginia’s 16th Senate district.
The problem with Joe Morrissey? Let’s take a walk down memory lane: In 2015, defense lawyer Morrissey lost his license and spent six months in jail after pleading guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was 56 at the time and having relations with his 17-year-old receptionist.
While in prison, he continued to serve in the state legislature. Now Morrissey is married to the former receptionist, trying to get back his law license, and might soon be back affecting public policy in the state Senate. Perhaps Virginia is for lovers; particularly those who are unethical politicians. During the 2015 trial, Morrissey’s defense included forged documents alleging the teenager’s father owed his daughter $14,000 in support payments.
The question needs to be asked: What on earth is wrong with the voting gene pool of Virginia?
Back in 2015, The Free Beacon reported: “The fraudulent document was discovered by Coleman Pride, the father of the teen at the center of the Morrissey case, who realized that his signature on a document pertaining to support payments owed by him was forged.” Landing a six-month sentence was shocking considering “the former delegate faced charges that could have put him behind bars for 41 years and ended both his political and legal careers.” Apparently, Virginia loves a comeback story.
According to The Washington Post Morrissey was able to unseat his opponent, a veteran senator, Rosalyn R. Dance because he was able to “damage” her “by associating her with deep social and economic problems that plague her hometown.” Additionally, he has strong “support among some African American residents because of his legal work in the community” and “no Republican has stepped forward to run for the seat in the heavily Democratic district, so his election is virtually assured.”
Even Democratic members are disappointed in Virginia voters as Morrissey has a reputation for in-party fighting and being difficult to work with, a reputation Morrissey does not shy away from. He said “One of the things that have scared the Democrats the most is, I’m not one of those sheep who just follows the party line…that has been the trademark since I was in the House of Delegates…I have one of the most liberating feelings in the world. I don’t go there with any debt, any IOUs.”
Certainly, he feels liberated considering he should be on year four of a forty plus year jail sentence. Well, he seems to be in good company in Virginia with a star-studded list of scandals.