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Joe Morrissey, Virginia Democrat who was accused of having sex with his teenage secretary, wins Senate primary


Joe Morrissey, right, with his daughter Bella, 3, celebrates his Democratic primary win in 16th District State Senate race. (Daniel Sangjib Min / AP)

Joe Morrissey, who allegedly had sex with his 17-year-old secretary in 2013 and later married here, has won his Virginia Senate primary.

The 61-year-old Democrat beat incumbent Rosalyn Dance in Tuesday’s election 57% to 43% in the 16th District, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Morrissey, who celebrated with wife Myrna and four of his children, has branded himself as “Fightin’ Joe” after a sex scandal earlier this decade when he was accused of having sex with Myrna in 2013, when she was 17 and working as his office receptionist.

The politician pleaded down to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and served three months in jail, despite claiming that nothing happened until she was of legal age.

Morrissey was also accused of sending the then-teenager inappropriate texts and photographs, but he claimed that they were sent by her friend who had used her phone, according to the Times-Dispatch.

He resigned from his House seat after being convicted and calls to do so by leading Virginia Democrats, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe,, but won it back during a special election.

His law license was revoked for a second time last year after a three-judge panel said he violated legal ethics rules by allowing an associate who had not been sworn in by the Virginia Supreme Court to represent a client in court.

No Republicans ran in the primary, which means Morrissey will almost certainly be elected in November’s general election.