Democrats Vote for Man Previously Jailed for Sex With a Minor
former member of the Virginia House of Delegates wins Democratic primary
Democrats voted for the former member of the Virginia House of Delegates Joe Morrissey as he sailed to victory in the Democrat primary for the state Senate Tuesday night, despite the fact he was jailed four years ago for having sex with a minor.
Morrissey, 61, defeated incumbent state Sen. Rosalyn Dance by 14 points on Tuesday night.
The senator was in his 50s when he was accused of having sex with his 17-year-old secretary, who he later married.
But Morrissey claimed he did nothing wrong, then pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in 2015 while admitting there was enough evidence to convict him.
Both the girl and her mother denied anything untoward was happening between the two, although he was originally indicted on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography and the electronic solicitation of a minor.
According to prosecutors, he had a nude photograph of the girl and had sent it to a friend.
Morrissey spent six months in jail for “contributing to the delinquency of a minor” and continued serving as a state legislator during that time, according to Fox News.
Morrissey had initially resigned from his House District seat after conviction, before winning it back in a special election and served as a delegate while in jail.
But he doesn't just have a criminal conviction; he has also been disbarred twice, the second of which he appealed.
Morrissey won thanks to supporting in Petersburg, defined by The Richmond Times-Dispatch as “a majority-black city where Morrissey’s message of fixing schools and roads secured 3,354 votes of his district-wide total of 8,739 with 100% in, according to unofficial returns.”
According to The Daily Wire: Morrissey also campaigned against the Democrat establishment, including Gov. Ralph Northam, who had endorsed his opponent Dance.
Northam faced his political scandal earlier this year when a photograph of two men – one in black face and the other wearing a KKK hood – was discovered in his medical school yearbook.
Northam initially apologized for appearing in the photo, but reversed course a day later, claiming he was not in that photo but had worn blackface at another time in college.
As local and national Democrats called on Northam to resign, it was reported that Virginia’s Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax had been accused of sexually assaulting a woman during the 2004 Democratic National Convention. The allegation remains a “he said, she said” situation.
The accuser has not been able to offer any proof of her allegations.
As the top brass in Virginia Democrat politics looked poised to resign amid scandals, it was discovered that the second-in-line Democrat, Attorney General Mark Herring, also appeared in blackface in college.
Once that came to light, and it was reported that the next in line to succeed to the governorship was a Republican (Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox), calls for resignations from other Democrats stopped.
Now there’s a fourth Democrat (that we know about) in Virginia with an unseemly scandal.