|Richmond mayoral candidate Michelle Mosby speaks at mayoral candidate forum Wednesday evening in Richmond.|
A mayoral forum hosted last night at Virginia Union University's Coburn Hall by former Richmond mayor (and governor) Douglas L. Wilder showcased twelve candidates for the mayoral position that included representative Joe Morrissey who just wants a job, somewhere, anywhere.
Morrissey was charged with having improper relations with a teen who worked in his office. Morrissey served 6 months in prison. At the mayoral forum Morrissey, while making a pitch for why the city's residents should vote for him, stuck his foot in his mouth when the former high school teacher and coach said, "I engage with students."
His comment drew laughter (and further skepticism) from the attendees. Watch here.
Before the gaffe, Morrissey said the following, "The next mayor has to realize the following: Any municipality has to do four things. You've got to protect your citizenry - police, fire protection, first responders. You have to have a school system where you don't have 17 out of 45 schools accredited and the others not accredited. That's a disgrace." (Official mayoral forum transcript here.)
Morrissey isn't the only embattled Richmond politician of recent memory. In 2015 then-governor Bob McDonnell was sentenced to prison for accepting gifts from a wealthy business owner.