Now, US Senator Mark Warner, who is up for re-election, may have participated as well (Washington ComPost).
The son of a former Virginia state senator has told federal investigators that U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner discussed the possibility of several jobs, including a federal judgeship, for the senator’s daughter in an effort to dissuade him from quitting the evenly divided state Senate.
Warner was part of a string of high-powered Virginia Democrats who in early June pressed then-state senator Phillip P. Puckett not to go through with plans to give up his seat in the middle of a bitterly partisan battle over health care.
A Warner spokesman acknowledged Friday that the conversation occurred, but he emphasized that the senator had made no explicit job offer.
Puckett eventually resigned, throwing control of the chamber to the Republican Party and dooming Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s top legislative priority — expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The incident also triggered a federal investigation into Puckett’s surprise exit, which came at a time when Republicans were planning to give Puckett a job on the state tobacco commission and confirm his daughter to assume a judgeship.
On June 6, three days before the state senator’s resignation became official, Warner called Puckett’s son, Joseph, and discussed an appointment to the federal bench as well as a potential corporate position for Martha Puckett Ketron, according to Joseph Puckett’s attorney, Charles E. “Chuck” James Jr. of Williams Mullen.
James said that Warner suggested a post for Ketron at CGI, at high-tech firm Warner helped lure to Southwest Virginia when he was governor a decade ago.
“My client, Joseph Puckett, received a phone call from Senator Warner, in which there was discussion of a CGI [ job] or a federal judgeship for the sister,” James said Friday.
...The day after the conversation, Joseph Puckett recounted it in a text message to someone else.
“Talked to Warner for an hour last night,” Joseph Puckett wrote in the message, read to The Washington Post by two people close to the matter. He went on to report, “He had no answer for how Democrats could deliver for Martha except for a potential corporate gig of some kind, which is not what she wants.”The question is, who got Sen. Warner involved? Gov. McAwful's office?
Warner is leading in the polls against GOP establishment's Ed Gillespie. Despite his appearances as a "moderate," Warner is a purely partisan liberal Democrat who loyally voted for Obamacare. It will be interesting to see if this revelation has any impact on the race.