Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement on the results of tonight's special election in Virginia's 74th House of Delegates district:
"Mr. Morrissey's election tonight does not change the fact that his actions fall grievously short of the standards of a public servant in the House of Delegates. As Speaker, I have an obligation to faithfully and impartially discharge my duties as presiding officer and a responsibility to protect the honor and integrity of the House of Delegates as an institution. There are a number of options available to the body to address questions of conduct regarding its members. These options are set out in the Constitution of Virginia and the rules of the House. Working with House Minority Leader David Toscano and other members of the House, we will begin the process of assessing these options in order to determine the appropriate path forward."
Editors note, Perhaps Morrissey can become Virginia's version of Marion Berry.