The First Big Fight
It didn’t take too long for the first session of 2009 to gavel in for the partisan rancor to start. Republicans and Democrats in the House of Delegates are fighting over whether to seat the winner of a contested election that took place last night in Northern Virginia.
Democrat Charniele Herring won a slim victory over Republican Joe Murray in the special election to replace former Del. Brian Moran who resigned his seat to concentrate full time on running for Governor.
The victory of only 16 votes is within the 1% margin of victory that allows the state to pay for a recount. Democrats want Herring seated, Republicans (which control the house) say not so fast. They plan to wait for the outcome of the re-count and any other lawsuits that could up as a result before anyone is seated. That debate took up a good portion of the first session which is normally reserved for the passage of feel good bills and housekeeping issues (like the appointment of legislative pages.)
More after the jump…
At the center of the debate, was the Republican Party of Virginia’s chair Del. Jeff Fredrick, seen here. He was among several GOP members making the case that Herring should not be seated.
Still to come tonight is the Governor’s State of the Commonwealth Speech which begins at 7. You can see that streaming live on our website, www.nbc12.com.
I will have a look at what legislators are hoping for in this upcoming session tonight live on at 5:30 and 6.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the day and on my twitter page.