Photo: AP/Brown June 8 2014 ~ In a shocking development in the Virgina state Senate, Sen. Phillip P. Puckett (D-Russell) announced his resignation effective Monday June 9th, suddenly leaving control of the state Senate 20-19 in Republican control.
Outraged Democrats immediately are calling foul: Sources say the Senator was offered another job by the tobacco commission and it would pave the way to a judgeship for his daughter, believed to be orchestrated by Republicans.
Although Democrats continue to express dismay over the sudden decision, others praised his work:
Senate Republicans, meanwhile, issued a statement praising Puckett. “Although Senator Puckett has decided to end his tenure in the Senate of Virginia, his legacy there will endure,” said Senate Minority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. (James City). “And, his commitment and service to the people of Southwest, who honored him with their votes in five successive elections, will continue.” WAPO
(D) Governor Terry McAuliffe, however, voiced his displeasure to the shocking decision:
“I am deeply disappointed by this news and the uncertainty it creates at a time when 400,000 Virginians are waiting for access to quality health care, especially those in Southwest Virginia,” McAuliffe said. “This situation is unacceptable, but the bipartisan majority in the Senate and I will continue to work hard to put Virginians first and find compromise on a budget that closes the coverage gap.” WAPO
The Senator had served since 1998. He did not respond to phone calls seeking comment.
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