Disgraced Del. Joe Morrissey,who was recently convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, has decided to run for his own seat as an independent in the special Jan. 13 election, reports The Washington Post.
His candidacy ensures that the political circus the Democratic Party was trying to avoid will happen. The party tried to pressure him to resign and then strictly limited the participation in their nominating caucus.
“You can call it Republican, Democrat, libertarian, vegetarian. Folks in the 74th District know the values that I stand for,” said Morrissey. ” The label that’s on me doesn’t change the tenacity and the manner in which I argue for the underdog in the Virginia House of Delegates.”
Democrats, including Governor McAuliffe have urged Morrissey to remove himself from the public eye but Morrissey holds that his constituents should decide whether the allegations are disqualifying.