Morrissey resigned after being convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Morrissey is absorbing that win from Henrico County jail, where he is serving his sentence. Morrissey says he won with a clean campaign, despite months of circulating scandal, allegations, and charges.
"During this campaign, I promised, like I had for the last seven and a half years, that I would run a positive campaign," said Morrissey after the polls closed in his Henrico law office.
In December, Morrissey took an Alford plea for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Morrissey has always denied the charges, even though he's now serving jail time. The legislator is only allowed out for work.
Morrissey's supporters say, they voted on his political record, not his personal one.
"His legislative record shows that he defends the people, and he looks out for the Commonwealth," said voter Lewis Hatcher.
Fighting Joe prevailed, even after what he calls a smear campaign by opponent Kevin Sullivan. "The other opponent sent out nine of the most hurtful, mean-spirited pieces I've ever seen… sent over 100,000 robo calls that were mean. And I said, 'We're not going that way.'"
In a statement, Democratic challenger Kevin Sullivan wrote:
"While we're disappointed with the results, I'm very proud of the campaign we put together in such a short time frame. We met tons of voters who are dissatisfied with their representation and are ready for effective leadership in the State House. I look forward to continuing my work on improving the lives of working class families."
In another statement, Republican challenger Matt Walton wrote:
“I'm honored to have run, and proud of my campaign and the people who worked on it. My focus now is getting my students ready for their exams next week, and building the future for Henrico by teaching our children. I'm excited to teach my high school Sunday school class on Sunday, and to help them develop into role models.”The way Morrissey will be going is back to the General Assembly building, to his law office in Henrico, or to court. These are the only places he's allowed to attend until his full release from jail.
Democratic Leader David Toscano and Caucus Chair Scott Surovell also released a joint statement:
“Joe Morrissey chose to run as an Independent; he is not a member of the Democratic Party, nor is he a member of the House Democratic Caucus. His conviction and actions over the past two months were reprehensible, and we will be exploring every avenue in regard to his status as a member of the House of Delegates."
Morrissey was late getting back to jail election night. He'll be docked 30 minutes from his release time on Wednesday, according to Henrico Sheriff Michael Wade.
The General Assembly session kicks off on Wednesday.
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