Skip to comments.Virginia State Senator Resigns After Cutting Shocking Deal With Republicans
Posted on 06/09/2014 7:43:16 AM PDT by cotton1706
A Virginia state senator is set to resign on Monday after cutting a deal with Republicans, a stunning move that gives the state GOP the upper hand in an ongoing fight over the state's budget and an expansion of the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.
Democratic state Sen. Phillip Puckett will step down on Monday, news first reported by The Washington Post. According to the report, Puckett's resignation leads the way for him to get a job as deputy director of the state tobacco commission and for his daughter to be confirmed for a state judgeship.
It also means Republicans now have a 20-19 majority in the state Senate, something that could stall an expansion of the Medicaid program in the middle of an increasingly tenuous, partisan fight over the state budget.
Puckett's office confirmed he will make the announcement on Monday but declined to discuss specifics of the deal that reportedly led to his resignation a deal some characterized as "bribery."
A furious Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, called the situation "unacceptable."
"I am deeply disappointed by this news and the uncertainty it creates at a time when 400,000 Virginians are waiting for access to quality health care, especially those in Southwest Virginia," McAuliffe said.
"This situation is unacceptable, but the bipartisan majority in the Senate and I will continue to work hard to put Virginians first and find compromise on a budget that closes the coverage gap."
Virginia's government is rapidly veering toward a shutdown if neither side budges from its Medicaid position before July 1. McAuliffe says an expansion must be part of the new budget, while Republicans have so far resisted his calls.
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This is why we need to remove as many "moderate republicans" as possible. Because they are democrats!
IF the report is accurate, this is unacceptable, and I hope the GOP representative involved refuse to go along with it.
“A furious Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, called the situation “unacceptable.”
Unless the shoe was on the other foot.
Although it should be noted that similar log-rolling was involved in getting the 13th Amendment passed.
That lasted a whole 4-5 months until Vermont's Jim Jefford switched parties.
With a Democrat Governor, how do the Republicans manage to control the Tobacco Commission? I understand that under Virginia law, this guy’s daughter cannot accept the judge position as long as a close relative is a member of the Senate or House of Delegates. Or, so reports have said.
No worries. That will NEVER get through the far more conservative House of Delegats.
Does anyone remember when, in 2002, after the GOP re-took the Senate by a larger margin, Jeffords asked to come back to the party? Trent Lott said, "nothing doing."
The Judgeship thing is Senate policy, not law. Virginia is a strange state where the legislature chooses this 31 member commission and the commission hires all employees except the executive director.
I don’t know if these 31 appointees are paid, but if they are, it is a nice little patronage for the legislature.
Here in Maine, the Dept of Health and Human Services manages the Tobacco Settlement money with oversight by the legislature. No need for a commission here or in Virginia.
I think they’ve reached the point where they just don’t care anymore. It’s not like any voters are doing to start casting their ballots differently because of it. They have us nicely triangulated.
You are absolutely right, I've made the same argument in regards to the U.S. Senate, if anyone thinks taking the Senate by a majority of one or two seats, well help; they are delusional.
I have little doubt that in a very narrow majority win, John and his McCainites would side with the rats on most of their agenda, in the case of republicans taking more seats, say 4 or 5, John and his johnboys would switch parties.
We must win by a significant margin, and right now that appears to be unlikely.
One of the few times in my adult life I am proud of my party. Finally, someone in our party is playing hardball.
The Dems want to energize their base in the midterms and what better way than to paint the GOP as the bad guys who expand Medicaid. Barbara Comstock, running in the 10th District to fill the Frank Wolf seat, is finally on the record as being against Medicaid expansion. John Foust, the Dem will no doubt use that against her.
So he sells out his party for a Judge position for his daughter?
Now we have to deal with another democrap judge...
I agree. Here are the 15 republican senators with the least conservative records. Surprise surprise that they are the ones that continually help the democrats (and McConnel) with their votes.
Ayotte (NH) - 2016 - 67% (Average) - 57% (Heritage) - 79% (CFG) - 68% (ACU) - 64% (FreedomWorks)
Portman (OH) - 2016 - 64% (Average) - 57% (Heritage) - 71% (CFG) - 64% (ACU) - 64% (FreedomWorks)
Corker (TN) - - 60% (Average) - 44% (Heritage) - 75% (CFG) - 64% (ACU) - 55% (FreedomWorks)
Blunt (MO) - 2016 - 59% (Average) - 57% (Heritage) - 67% (CFG) - 71% (ACU) - 41% (FreedomWorks)
Graham (SC) - 06/10/14 - 59% (Average) - 52% (Heritage) - 65% (CFG) - 68% (ACU) - 52% (FreedomWorks)
Chambilss (GA) - - 57% (Average) - 57% (Heritage) - 61% (CFG) - 56% (ACU) - 52% (FreedomWorks)
Alexander (TN) - 08/07/14 - 55% (Average) - 46% (Heritage) - 67% (CFG) - 60% (ACU) - 45% (FreedomWorks)
Kirk (IL) - 2016 - 55% (Average) - 44% (Heritage) - 74% (CFG) - 44% (ACU) - 59% (FreedomWorks)
Isakson (GA) - 2016 - 54% (Average) - 54% (Heritage) - 59% (CFG) - 54% (ACU) - 50% (FreedomWorks)
McCain (AZ) - 2016 - 54% (Average) - 43% (Heritage) - 71% (CFG) - 52% (ACU) - 48% (FreedomWorks)
Wicker (MS) - - 54% (Average) - 46% (Heritage) - 68% (CFG) - 60% (ACU) - 41% (FreedomWorks)
Cochran (MS) - 06/03/14 - 54% (Average) - 57% (Heritage) - 56% (CFG) - 60% (ACU) - 41% (FreedomWorks)
Hoeven (ND) - 2016 - 51% (Average) - 44% (Heritage) - 58% (CFG) - 60% (ACU) - 41% (FreedomWorks)
Murkowski (AK) - 2016 - 41% (Average) - 36% (Heritage) - 52% (CFG) - 38% (ACU) - 36% (FreedomWorks)
Collins (ME) - 06/10/14 - 30% (Average) - 28% (Heritage) - 39% (CFG) - 28% (ACU) - 23% (FreedomWorks)
Terry McAwful is “unacceptable.”
And the bag of cash in his other hand. The charlatan of Global Crossing and a “green” car maker that never was after being ripped off of the subsidy. Major a- hole that one, and damn yankee to boot.
I’d forgotten about that. Sadly, Trent Lott now looks like he has a spine of steel compared to today’s GOP Senate leader.
Well, well, you CAN teach Republicans a few new tricks. Democrats are never expected to follow the customs and traditions of our legislatures, so Republicans are repaying them in kind. What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
Except for Maine, Illinois, and maybe North Dakota, there is no excuse for a liberal voting record.
The other 11 need to go.
The power of Tobacco, its tax dollars, and the commission set up from the days of the Tobacco Settlement fund for the govt. quota losses from the federal USDA. KMA mcaulliffe— you lose! LOL.
Courtesy at the federal level of Liddy Dole and others, it was formed by the state legislature with a charter to serve specific counties... NOT N.VA’s demo/rino federal dollar teat workers and their liberal voting that put Mcawful into office. Dominated by conservatives, and run by repubs to help out the people in VA truly ignored by the elitist libs.
McAwful’s cudgel/ carrot is “healthcare” ACA, treating SW and South VA like it was WV, with everyone on the dole. So this is a different sort of dole from Bob Dole’s wife. Directed primarily to manufacture and agriculture alternative use from tobacco.
The leadership is large and not listed as to party but chair and vice chair are repubs.
On that matter, there's this.
But one clue is in Sen. Hanger's comments last week that he did not want to see Virginia resort to gubernatorial executive power to keep state government open in the absence of a budget.
He's reportedly not the only long time legislator worried that the power the state Constitution gives to the General Assembly to appropriate state money is at stake.
Maine could have been smarter, and kept better control of the purposed money of the federal settlement, which did not come from liberals in the fed govt. It came from the Agribusiness backbone of US economy. It was not intended to perpetuate a medical foundation fiefdom and a dependent class.
Ref. my post #25. VA is a state that understands local control down to the county level, much as it understands States Rights delineated from federal progressivism with its strings. The original settlement with big tobacco had the states settle their Medicaid lawsuits against the tobacco industry for recovery of their tobacco-related health-care costs, and also exempted the companies from private tort liability regarding harm caused by tobacco use. That has been done already in the states by now, even in ME one would think— or is smoking still on the rise there?
Just wait until the Global Warming settlement— what would ME do with that money/commission? Jump on the liberal bandwagon while calling it progressive, and give wood stoves to the rural folk.
Root point: if tobacco is so deadly (and not just the smoke or the chew but the nicotine alone) then why didn’t the feds ban it outright? Because of the tax revenue it brings in, now re-distributed... see how it’s done. And just wait until Panama Red is a brand for RJ Reynolds, or the other big 3, of taxed & processed and even more carcinogenic pot cigarettes. The govt. is NOT benign at the federal level. VA was wise to do this, but mcaulliffe will surely want hitlery in office to control the payout to the state through the fed monitoring.
BTW, Puckett, might be a Rat, but he's a fairly conservative one and represented a fairly conservative constituency in SWVA. So I imagine that his decision was an easy one to make.
Should also say that ME tobacco settlement allocation is miniscule compared to say VA at 52 million pounds produced in 2013 or NC with 362 million pounds. With this much difference there is no way a state’s producers would not have the clout to affect how it is distributed-— fortunately.
Very sore subject in the South, brought on by busybodies again from academia centered in .... voila! the North.
A certain Sen from AZ backed this ‘lets be friends’ and split the pie down the middle (think this is when ‘crossing the aisle’ and sitting holding hands during SOU was a step towards KumBayYa)
McCain backed down when someone suggested JOINT CHAIRMANSHIPS and he sort of said NO....We ‘deserve’ the Chair, the Committees should be balanced 50/50....
People failed to see what a ‘slug’ he was in regards to ‘The Keating Five’ - which his ‘war hero/POW status afforded him a ride’
You hardly ever see this. It is usually the RINO who sides with the dimoKKKRATS to screw the Conservatives.
Thanks for filling me in.
What was he doing to puckett? Not doubting just interested.
If the VA Republicans can get their members lined up and pass a “clean” budget without Medicaid expansion, then it will be up to McAwful to decide to sign or shut down the government. Either way, he loses. A great move by our sometimes sqiuishy Republicans.
My memory of Jeffords is that he became a national media hero, a noble and honorable figure of extraordinary courage and character who’s ever word was enlightening and important, and that is how his new book was reviewed, and positively reviewed it was, as the media pushed it and him.
When I looked him up back then, it seemed to me that he had been a republican senator about 17 years, and a nobody, invisible, a nothing, and then he became a great statesmen when he switched parties, and of course he became invisible again after the GOP retook the Senate.
If my memory is accurate.
Just saw in my WaCompost Headlines that Puckett turned down the tobacco job.
Am not sure whether the VA Constitution allows him to change party affiliation?
The ‘headline’ did say he resigned Monday but said he will not take the Job....
Maybe, maybe not. If she was going to present a problem to Republicans as a judge, would they be so quick to cut that deal?
Southern democrat (small d) conservative from SW Virginia coal country, whom McAulliffe pushed around with his lib agenda and phoney yankee smirk between one two many bourbons.
Think like the time FDR came up against the southern solid democrat South that did not like his socialism— so he poured money at them in depression era make work— which is what Mcaulliffe is dangling with obamaumaocare.
McAulliffe is not going to be allowed much more than the counties he can schmooze from federal lib workers and the clintoonian (white lesbo/homo) base for ms. hitlery.