Lawmakers in the Virginia Senate stripped Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, of her last committee assignment Tuesday.
The post — a seat on the chamber’s typically sleepy panel on local government — is hardly sought after. But the decision, pushed by Democrats seeking to punish Chase for her support of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, prompted a half hour of debate as some in the GOP worried about the precedent the decision might set.
“A concern that I have is, I am not certain where the boundaries will be drawn in the future,” said Senate Minority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City. He had prefaced his comments by observing that he would not “be defending some of the controversial behavior of the senator from Chesterfield.”
But ultimately, only Chase voted against the new committee assignments.
Chase, who describes herself as “Trump in heels” and is running a hard-right campaign for governor, quit the Senate’s GOP caucus last year, citing dissatisfaction with the party’s leadership in the chamber.
That prompted the chamber’s leaders to remove her from three of the four committees on which she sat. But they allowed her to continue to serve on the local government committee.
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