"Puckett, a senator since 1998, did not respond to calls seeking comment. Other Republicans denied that Puckett was offered the jobs in exchange for his resignation.
In a statement, McAuliffe (D) acknowledged that Puckett’s resignation had created “uncertainty” for his plan to expand the federal-state health program for the poor to 400,000 uninsured Virginians. But he contended that he still had a majority of the Senate on his side." Washpost
""Good ole Phil!" We don't much like Democrats here in the 38th District, but Phil... Hell, he's one of us. Never could figure out how he could be a Democrat. His daughter, now she's a right nice girl, makes a great juvenile judge Now, you know that bein' in the state senate is not a full time job. You can't live on that. Now Phil will go back to the tobacco board where he can make enough money to get a good state pension and his girl, she'll get a state judgeship right here in Pulaski or somewhere else in the Mountain Kingdom. But, the best is that McAuliffe is screwed. We're sure as hell gonna elect a Republican to fill Phil's seat. The General Assembly will pass a budget without Obamacare and then McAuliffe can veto it and shut down the commonwealth government if he wants to... Heh. Heh. I suppose we'll have to do something about country peoples health care someday." Southwest Virginia Mountaineer
This is a typically Virginia political game. The pols do not generally like to show their hands but as I predicted, they did not like being subjected to his baloney. People play rough here and it is a particularly Southern kind of game. People like Chuck Todd and Larry Sabado think this is a Middle Atlantic state? they should get out more. I live in the 8th US Congressional District, the bluest place in the Commonwealth and even here rules of the game that apply in places like Pennsylvania are just meaningless. There will be no electoral price paid for this, none at all. pl