HENRICO, Va. (WRIC) — Just days after he agreed to a plea deal following accusations of an inappropriate relationship with a teen. Delegate Joe Morrissey announced he was resigning. Shortly after, he also announced he would be running for the same seat in a special election next month.
The former delegate was at Shoppers Value in Henrico just a few hours after that announcement talking with constituents asking for their votes.
“I’ve got a lot of confidence in the voters, I think they have a lot of confidence in me because they’re looking at my skill set over the last 7 and a half years,” said Morrissey.
However, Morrissey’s been charged with violating his work release because he did not inform the Henrico Sheriff’s Department that he was going to the Nine Mile Road location Thursday.
A hearing is pending to have his work release privileges reinstated. Until that hearing, though, he’ll remain behind bars.
There’s no word on when the hearing will happen.
74th District resident Dora Bowman says she supports Morrissey and plans on voting for him despite what she’s heard in the news. When asked if she thought he did anything inappropriate with his teenage intern, Bowman said, “That’s not for me to say, I can’t judge him.”
Others were not as happy to see the delegate.
“I’m blown away, I mean I thought he was supposed to be arrested, in jail and he’s out trying to get people to vote for him,” said 74th District resident Sandy Watson.
Watson says Morrissey shouldn’t even be out, let alone a lawmaker.
“He should be in jail, not out on work release trying to get people to vote for him.”
The Democrats will hold a caucus to decide on who the new candidate will be. There’s been no date set for that caucus as of now.
Henrico School Board member Lamont Bagby and William Sullivan have both announced that they plan to enter the race for Morrissey’s seat.
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