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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Virginia Republicans appear to have outmaneuvered Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a state budget standoff by persuading a Democratic senator to resign his seat, at least temporarily giving the GOP control of the chamber and possibly dooming the governor's push to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Phillip P. Puckett (D-Russell) will announce his resignation Monday, effective immediately, paving the way to appoint his daughter to a judgeship and Puckett to the job of deputy director of the state tobacco commission, three people familiar with the plan said Sunday. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

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What a scumbag. I hope there is an investigation and the possibility of a prosecution. Quid pro quo.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-09 09:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

How is this not illegal? He's trading in his office for political favors for himself and his daughter.

#2 | Posted by rcade at 2014-06-10 08:16 AM | Reply | Flag:

I don't like when politicians switch parties or pull stunts like these when clearly had they campaigned saying they would do this they wouldn't get elected. I just don't remember the lefty outrage when the guy switched parties back when Bush was president swinging the senate to the democrats.

#3 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-06-10 09:42 AM | Reply | Flag:

Nor was there outrage when Phil Gramm and other southern Democrats switched to the Republicans in the '80s.

This situation is different than that: He's directly receiving a judgeship for his daughter and a job with the state tobacco commission.

#4 | Posted by rcade at 2014-06-10 09:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

Rcade, I said I don't like this type stuff. Did the guy that switched the senate under Bush get anything?

#5 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-06-10 09:56 AM | Reply | Flag:

"The independent status of Jeffords changed the Senate composition from 50-50 (with a Republican Vice President, Dick Cheney, serving as President of the Senate to break tie votes) to 49 Republicans, 50 Democrats, and one independent. Jeffords promised to vote for Democratic control after being promised a committee chairmanship by Democratic Leader Tom Daschle."

Jeffords got a committee chairmanship for his betrayal of his voters.

#6 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-06-10 10:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

I don't think we have a right to complain just because someone switches parties but to resign in such a manner that a quid pro quo deal is pretty obvious? I think we have a right to do more than just complain, like prosecute.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-10 04:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

Blagojevich

#8 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2014-06-10 05:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Jeffords got a committee chairmanship for his betrayal of his voters.
#6 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-06-10 10:08 AM |

A committee chairmanship for switching parties is not the same as promising someone an entirely different non-legislative job (money) for resigning. Hopefully a criminal prosecution for the former state senator and the individuals offering the alleged bribes is in the works.

#9 | Posted by censored at 2014-06-10 09:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

Sen. Phillip P. Puckett (D-Russell),
just voted honorary REPUBLICAN FOR LIFE...

G.O.P. up to same old tricks...
buying votes...

#10 | Posted by earthmuse at 2014-06-11 08:56 AM | Reply | Flag:

Nor was there outrage when Phil Gramm and other southern Democrats switched to the Republicans in the '80s.
#4 | POSTED BY RCADE

I don't know about the others but Phil Gramm did the party switch properly. He was elected as a Democrat, when he switched parties he resigned his house seat, then ran as a Republican to fill his own vacancy.

You can't really call that the old bait and switch, that most of these party flips are.

#11 | Posted by TXLIBERTARIAN at 2014-06-11 11:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

Pretty sickening story if accurate. I hope the daughter really enjoys her judgeship.

#12 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-06-11 12:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

Nepotism and Cronies? Why is anyone surprised?

#13 | Posted by FlyUntied at 2014-06-11 01:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

How is this not illegal? He's trading in his office for political favors for himself and his daughter.

#2 | Posted by rcade

You are right rca. It's the dem way of life.

#14 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-06-11 02:22 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Isn't this standard practice in the senate and the house of the federal government no less? Why are some of you acting like people who for the first time are seeing something like this happen?

#15 | Posted by daniel_3 at 2014-06-11 07:36 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

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