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Speaker Howell slams Morrissey’s move as ‘deceitful, selfish and disrespectful’

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Posted at 11:59 AM, Dec 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-18 12:21:39-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- William J. Howell (R-Stafford), the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, slammed Delegate Joe Morrissey's (D – Henrico) decision to resign from the General Assembly and and run again for his seat during a special election in January.

“Mr. Morrissey’s decision to run in this election is deceitful, selfish and disrespectful to this institution and the people he supposedly desires to serve,"  Howell said in a statement. "This is a despicable, arrogant political stunt that should disgust each and every citizen of Virginia. The people of the 74th district deserve better than this and the obligation now rests with them to retire Mr. Morrissey permanently."

Howell issued a writ of election for Virginia’s 74th House of Delegates district for Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Howell said that the State Department of Elections is confident that the Jan. 13 special election  will go smoothly.

"I appreciate their work and the work of all other local officials and volunteers who will contribute to the democratic process during this already busy season," Howell said.

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