Democratic Virginia State Senator Allegedly Took Bribe To Resign, Creating GOP Majority
More information is coming to light about how the Virginia Senate was able to turn Republican. Emails reveal that Republicans secured a majority in the Virginia Senate by allegedly bribing Democratic State Senator Phillip Puckett with a car, a cell phone, a cushy job, and a judgeship for his daughter.
In the midst of a standoff on Medicaid explanation and the state budget, Sen. Phillip P. Puckett handed Republicans the majority on the same day he announced his new job, which from the emails, show a connection between the two and the corrupted Democratic Senator was to write his own job description.
He was warned that the obvious would look obvious.
The Washington Post reports:
The head of the state tobacco commission warned that the panel would create the appearance of “manipulating” power in the Virginia Senate if it announced that it was hiring Sen. Phillip P. Puckett on the same day he gave up his seat, according to e-mails released Thursday.
Tim Pfohl, interim executive director of the commission, said in a June 5 e-mail to Puckett, a Democrat from rural Russell County, that he had begged Del. Terry G. Kilgore (R-Scott) to delay making it known that Puckett was getting a top staff job with the commission. Kilgore is chairman of the commission.
“Phillip: Terry spoke to us today about announcing your role w/ the Commission in conjunction with what he said is your intention to announce your Senate plans tomorrow,” Pfohl wrote. “I implored him to ‘decouple’ those announcements for the sake of the appearance of the Commission manipulating the Senate balance of power and starting WW3 w/ the Governor’s administration.”