Jailed Del. Morrissey begins first day at General Assembly

Jailed Del. Morrissey begins first day at General Assembly
Morrissey sworn in
Morrissey sworn in

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Just hours after winning his reelection in the special election Del. Joe Morrissey (I-74th District) is back at the State Capitol as the first day of the new General Assembly comes to order.

Morrissey will continue to spend his nights in jail and days serving his constituents at the State Capitol. House leaders say action will be taken to sanction him. Delegate Morrissey says he's ready for any battle that's put before him in the House of Delegates.

But as of right now, he says the voters in the 74th District have spoken and that decision should be respected.

He has a new corner office at the General Assembly building. His plaque isn't even up yet and the boxes haven't been unpacked. This is where the delegate, who is spending his nights in jail for a contributing to the delinquency of a minor conviction, was sworn in.

Even with the win, Morrissey says he knows he has to keep on fighting. "First one was yesterday and there will be other battles ahead," he said.

Inside the House of Delegates, Morrissey took his seat. He is longer in the middle of the room, he is now in the far right corner. There were no public statements yet from the Speaker of the House on the controversy. "I will expect certain people to take certain behavior and I will respond to it," says Morrissey. "And my first statement as to what I would do would be made there."

House Minority Leader David Toscano says options are being weighed right now, including censure or expulsion. "We were sent down here to do the people's business and we can't be distracted by Joe Morrissey and all that he's done, we need to take appropriate action," says Del. Toscano. "If you have an expulsion proceeding it's likely to go on for a while, and it could be a real big distraction."

Morrissey says he has this goal. "In the perfect world I will finish serving this term in the House of Delegates," he said.

The Henrico sheriff did give Morrissey permission to attend the State of the Commonwealth Wednesday night.

Morrissey has about two more months left on his work release. He will continue to report to Henrico Jail East every night. Morrissey did not address what his future plans are in terms of running for his seat again.

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