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Spruill Resigns Leadership Post in House

Anita Kumar

Del. Lionell Spruill Sr. (D-Chesapeake) resigned his position as vice chairman of the House of Delegates' Democratic caucus.

Spruill said he didn't have enough time to devote to the position because he is helping candidates, including gubernatorial hopeful Brian J. Moran, and may face a challenger for his own seat next year.

"When I am part of something I want to do it right,'' he said.

Republicans mocked Spruill when news broke that he makes about $7,500 a month to be an "outreach coordinator" for Moran, chairman of the House Democratic caucus. Spruill said today that he would not earn the salary during next year's legislative session.

Spruill said he wanted to be free to help Moran and other candidates, and not be bound by caucus and party rules.

"I wanted to help candidates in my way,'' he said.

Moran faces Sen. R. Creigh Deeds and possibly former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe for the Democratic nomination for governor. Attorney General Robert M. McDonnell is the Republican nominee.

House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong said the caucus has not scheduled a meeting to vote on Spruill's replacement. The General Assembly will return to Richmond for its annual legislative session.

By Anita Kumar  |  December 4, 2008; 4:01 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Election 2009  
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