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Despite scandal, Hamilton endorsed

Anita Kumar

The only two newspapers that offer home delivery in the 93rd House district have both endorsed Del. Phil Hamilton for re-election.

This is interesting, of course, because the powerful Republican lawmaker from Newport News is under federal investigation.

The Daily Press and the Virginia Gazette both say that even with the scandal, Hamilton is the better choice.

Hamilton is under investigation for negotiating a job offer with Old Dominion University before securing state money for the school. A federal grand jury served the Newport News school system and ODU with subpoenas and search warrants.

"Phil Hamilton was way out of line on the ODU pay-to-teach scheme, but his value to the 93rd House as an experienced legislator trumps that. If he remains on the Appropriations Committee, all the better,'' the Gazette writes in its editorial.

Both newspapers are owned by the same company, but do not share articles or editorials. They often come down on different sides on endorsements, including this year's race for governor. That obviously means that both papers do not always go with Republicans. The Gazette endorsed Democrat Creigh Deeds over Republican Bob McDonnell for governor.

By Anita Kumar  |  October 29, 2009; 9:18 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2009  
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