Democrats in the Commonwealth are preparing to file a federal lawsuit to stop Monday’s Democratic firehouse caucus in the 74th district.
Paul Goldman, Morrissey’s law partner and adviser, says the lawsuit is about protecting thousands of voters that are being disenfranchised.
The nominating process that is set to take place tonight is open only to about 100 party committee members, but not the voters in the 74th district. Goldman hopes to get a preliminary injunction this morning to stop the nomination process from going further.
“We’ve had a process making sure the voters pick the nominees of the Democratic Party, the Democrats pick the nominees. And for some reason, they’ve decided to have a process that excludes the people,” Goldman said. “They’re engaging now, the Democrats, my own party, in the biggest black voter suppression we’ve seen in a long time!”
On Saturday evening, Morrissey told 8News that he will not seek the Democratic nomination for the seat he’ll be resigning from on January 13.
“I am shocked that 100 party bosses have shut the door on thousands of African-American voters, and I am not going to be a part of this process,” Morrissey said.
Morrissey announced his resignation after he was convicted for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The Democratic Party of Virginia released a statement saying in part, “Virginia code grants parties autonomy over their own nominating process. The nominating committee is operating in accordance with the law.
Morrissey says that he plans on making an official announcement soon.
We’ll bring you the updates as we get them. Stay with 8News for much more on this developing story.