Rachel Weiner reports from Richmond:
The indictments highlight the need for a better system to deal with ethics charges, said Del. Scott A. Surovell (D-Fairfax).
“I am disappointed that the only way the governor has faced accountability for his conduct is through the federal criminal justice system. … It highlights the need for an ethics commission,” he said. “It shouldn’t take a grand jury to investigate these matters.”
Calling the enforcement of ethics in Virginia “a joke,” Suvorell said this indictment will “be a real mark” on Virginia history.
“We let the governor’s chef be our one man ethics department,” said Sen. Chap Peterson (D-Fairfax).
Peterson called the indictment “unprecedented” on Tuesday.
“We’ve never had a governor indicted for corruption,” he said.