Republican PAC asks Marsden to resign House seat
Republicans are calling on Del. Dave Marsden (D-Fairfax) to resign from the House of Delegates as he runs in a special election for the state Senate seat being vacated by Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli.
OurVirginiaNow, a new state political action committee that aims to help Republican candidates get elected across the state, is encouraging district residents to contact Marsden and ask him to resign.
"I think Marsden ought to resign his House seat immediately,'' said Paul Miller, president of OurVirginiaNow. "He owes us that. He was elected to produce results for his constituents, not continue to seek other elected positions he may deem more attractive for his career."
If Marsden wins the Jan. 12 election, the governor would have to call a special election to fill his House seat, which would leave the 41st District without representation for some time when the General Assembly reconvenes Jan. 13. OurVirginiaNow also complains that it would cost thousands of dollars.
Marsden said today that he will not resign from the House, and that if he won the Senate seat he could represent the House district for a short period until a replacement is elected.
In previous elections, some elected officials have continued to serve while running for another job, while some don't.
Bob McDonnell and Brian Moran resigned while Creigh Deeds and Ken Cuccinelli did not. Of course, the circumstances differed for each man. McDonnell had a full-time job as attorney general. Moran wanted to resign so he could fundraise and campaign during the legislative session. Deeds and Cuccinelli could easily run and serve as part-time legislators.
Marsden said Monday that he has rented a room in a house which sits in both the House and Senate districts, allowing him to run for Cuccinelli's seat. He said he has slept there for several nights.
Three Republicans are running to replace Cuccinelli -- Marianne Horinko, a former George W. Bush appointee who runs a consulting firm, Steve Hunt, a former member of the Fairfax County School Board, and Will Nance, executive director of Greenspring Retirement Community.
November 23, 2009; 12:30 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Attorney General's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , State Senate
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