Scandal-hit former Virginia lawmaker bows out of election bid (Reuters)

A former Virginia Democratic legislator, who won his last election campaigning from a jail cell and reported to the legislative session on work release, gave up his bid for the state Senate on Thursday, citing health concerns.

Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, said he expected to see Morrissey running for public office again soon.

“If being in jail doesn’t stop Joe Morrissey from being on the ballot, I doubt whether a health problem will either,” Farnsworth said.

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