Democrat hands control of Virginia Senate to Republicans for a job, and a judgeship for his daughter
Republicans in Virginia have reportedly persuaded state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett (D) to resign and accept a prestigious job offer, giving the GOP a slim majority in the state Senate that would allow it to block Medicaid expansion.
Puckett is expected to announce his resignation Monday, The Washington Post reported. Three people familiar with the plan told the Post that Puckett would accept a job as deputy director of the state tobacco commission, while his daughter would be on track for appointment to a judgeship.
Puckett’s resignation would give Republicans a 20-19 advantage in the state Senate. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) was counting on Senate support for Medicaid expansion, as the Republican-controlled House of Delegates has remained opposed to it.
And Democrats wonder why people think they're the same as Republicans.
The play online and elsewhere is "Those mean Republicans!" But it takes two to tango, and nobody can force you to accept a bribe.
So, once again, the two parties work together, albeit this time in a spectacularly unsubtle fashion.
UPDATE Via Business Insider:
"Republicans I've talked to are chortling," Larry Sabato, founder and director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, told Business Insider. "They think it's one of the cleverest things they've done."
"And yet," he added, "one of them asked me, 'Do you think Democrats would not have done the same thing if they had the opportunity?' And of course they would have. It's yet another reason people hate politicians."