Virginia’s 74th District, made up of Charles City County and parts of Henrico and Prince George Counties and the cities of Hopewell and Richmond, used a special election this week to return to the state House of Delegates the illustrious Joseph D. Morrissey, who ran as an independent because his previous party, the Democrats, wanted no part of him. Morrissey ran from his jail cell thanks to his conviction (he pleaded guilty, but maintained his innocence) following a sex scandal involving his 17-year-old secretary, whose nude photo was found on his cellphone and was shared with a friend. Morrissey professed his innocence, and claimed that his phone was hacked. Yet Morrissey’s friend was prepared to testify that he had received a text from Morrissey saying, “Hey, buddy I just fucked her on my conference table and again on the floor for good measure!” The young woman denies they had sex, but she texted her friend saying, “OMG so much I have to tell you but the most important thing is!!! I just fucked my boss tonight in our office on the desk and on the floor.” Coincidentally, she is now pregnant. It’s a miracle!!!
Of course, any decent public servant who embarrassed his district, state, party and the democratic system by ending up in jail for breaking laws when he was elected to make them would have resigned—but then, a decent, ethical public servant wouldn’t be in such a fix. He certainly found the right place to run: in four previous elections, Morrisey’s history of fistfights, contempt-of-court citations and disbarment didn’t dim his appeal, nor did the fact that the 57-year-old bachelor has sired three children out of wedlock with three different women. Before his latest victory, Morrissey always won at least 70 percent of the vote as a Democrat.
Morrissey told reporters that his constituents aren’t interested in all of that trivial stuff, just what he does in the General Assembly. He is apparently correct. His constituents also seem to believe that an individual lacking character, respect for the law and the requisite trustworthiness to be a lawyer is an appropriate individual to entrust with running their state. They are morons, exactly the kind of people that have led despots and tyrants throughout history to insist that the common folk lack the intellect and ability to govern themselves.
Based on the acumen and respect for the law demonstrated by the voters of 74th District, those tyrants had a point.
6 thoughts on “Ethics Dunces: Voters in Virginia’s 74th District”
He’s probably a god to the young “hipster” dems who voted him back. So effin’ rad. He probably reminds them of their old professors.
That district and its voters could benefit from a movement to draft Bill Cosby or Woody Allen.
Question – who was he running against?
I have a truly, truly horrible suspicion that both R and D candidates might actually have been worse. Think about it – this guy won the D primaries in the past. So we know that party machine is irretrievable. It’s no great stretch to think the GOP one is no better.
I will throw down the gauntlet and say that by definition, any candidate nott currently in jail is more qualified than one who is.
I laughed till I cried. The movie clip says it all. God have mercy on us because we sure don’t – we ask for more as if we really needed more evidence.
This is what it means to be a Democrat congressman in a “safe” district.