Former Virginia lawmaker Joe Morrissey won the state Senate seat for the 16th District in the Old Dominion last night, defeating Independent Waylin Ross. Morrissey got more than 60% of the votes, showing an enthusiastic electorate. He will now represent parts of Richmond, Chesterfield County, Petersburg, Hopewell, Prince George County, and Dinwiddie County.
Who is Joe Morrissey? Let me refresh your memory using this post, from 2014. The first half of it was about revolting Republican House member Blake Farenthold—the guy wearing the duck pajamas—
who was, thankfully, finally forced out of office in the wake of #MeToo. The second half was about Joe:
To get right to the meat of the matter, Delegate Morrissey is in jail. He avoids, technically, [the mandated resignation that being convicted of a crime usually triggers] because he wasn’t found guilty in a criminal matter and didn’t plead guilty: Virginia allows the so-called Alford Plea instead of the usual “guilty,” which means, “I know I’m going to be found guilty on the evidence, but I still think say I’m innocent and I’m sticking to that story, so there.” Morrissey pled to the lesser charge, a misdemeanor, of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.The Democrat from the 74th District had been charged with felonies, including child porn, that grew out of his relationship with a 17-year-old receptionist—a minor, in Virginia— in his law office. If convicted of all charges, he was facing 41 years in prison.
Admittedly, his dalliances with his receptionist were at the far end of statutory rape, but the law is the law. The evidence against him includes text messages from the alleged victim sent to 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.” 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!” Morrissey then sent that same friend a nude photo of the young woman, hence the child porn charge. Morrissey had more than a dozen nude or semi-nude photos of his receptionist on his iPhone…
Since Morrissey’s negotiated jail time is going to be over in 90 days, he had said that he was considering commuting to work (the conditions of his sentence allowed periodic release, with him wearing a monitoring device), and was not going to resign.
That’s not going to fly: being sent to jail is enough [to require hsi resignation]; the slimy messages are enough, and the whole thing falls short of the minimum level of dignified conduct and deportment an elected legislator must be expected to meet. A Delegate attending meetings and voting on laws while wearing an ankle bracelet holds the state, the legislature and his distinct up to ridicule. He should resign…
And he did. Last year, Morrissey was disbarred. This year, Virginia Democrats determined that he was worthy of election as State Senator.
Joe eventually married that teenager whom he raped, under the law. I have heard Virginians use this as some kind of excuse, which is signature significance for ethical ignorance. Mary Katherine Letourneau finally married the sixth-grade boy she raped when she was hsi teacher, too. Do people really think that a rapist can erase the crime as long as they marry the victim? Apparently. This involves the same level of reasoning—none— that spurred Virginia voters to put this uber-creep back into the legislature.
Hey, but you WON, Democrats! Be proud! Sure he’s a disbarred rapist, but he’s one of you, and isn’t that all that matters?
Somebody really has to explain those #MeToo rules to me again.