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House GOP Sends Hamilton to the Ethics Police

Amy Gardner

GOP House speaker William J. Howell and other top House Republicans decided Monday to ask the House Ethics Advisory Panel to look into the actions of Del. Phillip A. Hamilton, the Newport News Republican who is under fire for securing state funding for Old Dominion University while also seeking a job there.

Following statements from top Democratic statewide candidates calling for Hamilton's resignation, Howell (Stafford) issued a statement Monday sending the matter to the independent panel "to protect the integrity of the House." Howell said he has not asked Hamilton to resign, and Hamilton said he has no plans to.

"The seriousness with which I view this matter dictates determining the facts and finding out if any impropriety occurred," Howell said.

Although the panel has 120 days to review the matter, Howell said he asked that the review occur as quickly as possible. He added: "It is important to me and the citizens in whose name all delegates serve to know whether Delegate Hamilton's activities in this matter were legal and in keeping with expected standards of conduct for lawmakers. Virginia has a reputation for good government and I want to keep it that way."

The panel is composed of five members, including two former lawmakers and a former judge. If it finds that Hamilton knowingly violated the state's ethics law, the matter will be referred to Attorney General William C. Mims.

No word yet from Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert F. McDonnell about whether Hamilton should resign.

By Amy Gardner  |  August 24, 2009; 2:39 PM ET
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009  
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He betrayed the public trust, he deserve our outrage. He abused his position and wants to take responsibility for by being re-elected? LOL... Come on folks you or I would be canned and looking at jail time. Give Philly boy one more chance to make a million?
Does his wife really get $90,000 a year from CNU to put on a charity golf tournament once a year? How do you get a job like that. I could use one of those. Is she a golf pro? ODU, CNU is there a pattern here? That is $130,000 plus what NNPS caughs up. WOW that politician really had it rough :(
A long habit of NOT thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT. - Thomas Paine

Posted by: Capnmax3 | August 24, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

If VA Republicans re-elect this man they will not have any moral legs to stand on. They were the party of high moral ground. The district will have to hire a baby sitter to go to Richmond with him to keep him on the strait and narrow. If his passion got in the way of judgment he should resign and work full time with ODU. I can not believe they have found no one on the ground that wants him to pull out of the race. We must travel in different circles. In my circle taking kick backs from tax payers money and then lying about it is illegal. Where is the outrage! Now Glenn our Christian delegate is backing the action of Phil? The Throw the First Stone head line may be a bit out of context, I would have chosen Avoid Even the Appearance of Wrong Doing. Sure innocent until proven guilty, let him have his day in court but this is the court of Public Opinion. He took the $ from ODU several times, He arrange for the payments before he passed the funding bill and it seems he mislead about the facts when caught, WHAT MORE PROOF DO WE NEED! Moreover nothing has been confirmed about his wife’s $207,000 per year maybe just for be married to him. Where are our Statespersons, the real Americans? We are now burdened with professional politicians and worst. Is this the character we want our children to emulate? We can NOT TRUST this man any longer!
A long habit of NOT thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT. - Thomas Paine

Posted by: capnmax | August 30, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

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