None of this makes any sense. What exactly happened…
What is going on in Virginia? The Virginia GOP did not put up a candidate to run against a despicable Democrat who was previously jailed for having sexual relations with a teenage employee.
When the scandal broke in 2015, Joe Morrissey was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.
Morrissey, now 61, is charged with having sex with his 17-year-old secretary in his 50’s, with whom he has now married. He maintained that he did nothing wrong, but in 2015 he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor while agreeing that there had been enough evidence to prosecute him. (This often happens to both innocent and guilty defendants, pleading for a lesser crime to avoid worse consequences for a larger crime in front of a jury.) The girl and her mother both denied that there was anything inappropriate between the two, although he was initially charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. (He had a nude photo of the girl and sent it to a friend, according to prosecutors.)
Morrissey spent six months in prison for “contributing to the delinquency of a minor” but remained a state legislator even in prison.
Morrissey had withdrawn as a lawmaker but ended up winning it back in a special election. Earlier this year, he swept to victory in a State Senate primary, beating incumbent Sen. Rosalyn Dance by 14 percent.
Morrissey has now won a seat in the state senate. Morrissey got nearly 64 percent of the vote, facing Independent Waylin Ross, who got 36 percent of the vote. A Republican candidate wasn’t even in the race.
In 2016, Morrissey made a failed bid for mayor of Richmond. His law licenses was revoked in 2018. He has been expelled twice, but he appealed the second expulsion. His law license was suspended in both 1993 and 1999. In 2001, he was again disbarred because of frequent “episodes of unethical, contumacious, or otherwise inappropriate conduct,” according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
The court ruled that Morrissey had a “15-year history of contempt citations, reprimands, fines, suspensions, and even incarcerations arising from unprofessional conduct mostly involving an uncontrollable temper, inappropriate responses to stress and dishonesty.”
Morrissey was then reinstated to the bar starting December 2011, but was revoked once again in June 2018. He appealed and lost in July 2019.
Ultimately, none of this has hurt his political career whatsoever, judging from his recent win. WJLA reports that Morrissey will represent residents in “parts of Richmond, Chesterfield County, Petersburg, Hopewell, Prince George County, and Dinwiddie County.”
Virginia Republicans were steamrolled for the very first time in decades on Tuesday night, losing control of the state legislature. Republicans did not even put up a candidate in many elections across the state. That’s with a state Democratic party riddled with allegations of discrimination and sexual assault scandals. Gov. Ralph Northam’s school yearbook photo was revealed, showing him either doing blackface or wearing a KKK robe at a costume party. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax was accused by of sexual assault by two women. Attorney General Mark Herring also admitted to wearing blackface.