.@VA_GOP are so desperate to deny 400K Virginians health care, they'll bribe their way through blocking expansion: http://t.co/7XkY8ZMW7h
— Virginia Democrats (@vademocrats) June 9, 2014
The official Twitter feed of the Democratic Party of Virginia has just accused the Republican Party of Virginia of bribing a Democratic State Senator in order to block Medicaid expansion. These are very strong words: bribery is a crime. In fact, bribery is two crimes--when a bribe is offered or paid both the person offering the bribe and the person accepting the bribe are potentially guilty of bribery.
The principals in this case are State Delegate Terry Kilgore (R) and State Senator Phil Puckett (D). News reports are alleging that Kilgore arranged a cushy, highly-compensated job for Puckett at Virginia's Tobacco Commission in exchange for Puckett's agreeing to resign and tip control of Virginia's state senate to the Republican Party of Virginia's control. You can read more at these links:
"GOP Straight Up Bribes Democratic Senator In Effort To Block Obamacare"
"Report: GOPers Persuade Virginia Dem To Resign In Effort To Block Medicaid Expansion"
"A Lawmaker May Have Just Accepted An Illegal Bribe In Order To Flip The Virginia Senate To The GOP"
To be perfectly clear: the Democratic Party of Virginia has alleged that an instance of illegal activity has occurred, specifically, bribery. The question is, will the Democratic Party of Virginia request a criminal investigation of this incident by state or federal law enforcement authorities?