After finishing his jail sentence, and returning from Georgia after the birth of his teenage girlfriend’s baby, Delegate Joe Morrissey has confirmed that he will challenge Senator Rosalyn R. Dance,D-Petersburg, in the June Democratic primary. Delegate Morrissey has been represented the 74th district in the House of Delegates since 2008. [read_more]
Before the primary for Senate, Joe Morrissey will stand trial on 4 felony counts of perjury and forgery. The trial is scheduled to begin on April 28th. We have posted numerous stories on the antics of Delegate Morrissey, his previous arrests, and his recent campaign from a jail cell in Richmond, here, here, here, and the latest story here.
Regarding his run for Senate Morrissey said,
“I chose to run for the Senate because unlike the House, it is competitive and I will be able to govern,” he said. “I will simply be able to accomplish more.”
Also running in the June 9th primary for Senate is Delegate Joseph E. Preston. He has held Senator Dance’s former seat in the House of Delegates since January.
Delegate Morrissey was a Democrat who turned Independent when Democrats failed to endorse him in his last race for delegate. Democrats are not happy that he is now running for Senate,
“Joe Morrissey will do whatever it takes to further his own ambition, so I’m not shocked that he’d abandon his constituents to run for another office in another place. He has zero to do with our party or our values,” said Morgan Finkelstein, spokeswoman for the Democratic Party of Virginia.
When Delegate Morrissey was told the Democrats were unhappy with his run for Senate he said,
“I couldn’t care less. I just don’t put my thumbs up to see where the wind is blowing.”
The always colorful Joe Morrissey has more guts than Dick Tracy and more luck than the Irish, so perhaps he can pull out a Senate win.