As expected, Democrat Terry McAuliffe has really sleazed up Virginia politics. In order to stop a Democrat legislator from resigning and giving the Republicans a majority in the Virginia State Senate — which would be a speed bump on the Democrats’ plans to implement Obamacare, raise taxes, and enact new gun control and anti-coal policies — the McAuliffe regime apparently offered to give the legislator’s daughter a job, perhaps even an appointment to the Federal bench. Now, it has come to light that Virginia Democrat Senator Mark Warner — who was easily winning his re-election campaign against anodyne establishment Republican Ed Gillespie — was also involved in attempts to bribe the legislator to stay.
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.
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.
In the past, Democrats have shown a high tolerance for political sleaze within their own ranks, so this probably won’t tarnish Mark Warner’s prospects too much. It does point out, however, that for all the left’s keening about “white privilege” and “male privilege” the real privilege in our culture comes from being politically connected. Ordinary people do not have the access to easy, well-paid jobs that the friends and relations of the political class do.