Virginia Democrat Flips Legislature To Republicans In Return For Job
Virginia State Senator Phillip Puckett will resign today, which will make the state’s senate GOP-controlled. He’s doing so in return for jobs for both himself and his daughter.
…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.
The news prompted outrage among Democrats — and accusations that Republicans were trying to buy the Senate with job offers in order to thwart McAuliffe’s proposal to expand health coverage to 400,000 low-income Virginians.