Or even something as minor as lying to a federal grand jury about some chick named Monica.
These were much less offensive than… what was it Delegate Hamilton did again? Nobody really knows, but in a politically charged election year it really doesn’t matter. Anything that sounds like it might be something bad causes the Democrats to act like the sky is falling and the Republicans to act as if Phil has the Swine Flu.
The fact of the matter, Republican Senator and Attorney General candidate Ken Cuccinelli is the only one with enough class to get it right. He said that there is a process when things like this occur and the knee jerk reactions are not helping.
The other Republican candidates fear some mud may fly off and tarnish their white coats. Understandable in an election year, but still not the best answer.
Governor Kaine and Steve Shannon, when asked about the need for a special session wanted to avoid a knee jerk reaction, wanted to get all the facts and then make the right decision. But not with Delegate Hamilton. No, sir. With both knees planted squarely on their jaws, Kaine and Shannon toss due process out the window when it comes to Delegate Hamilton and demand he jump out in front of a bus. They got the special session wrong and they got this wrong.
Delegate Phil Hamilton has served the 93rd District with distinction and has exhibited the kind of leadership that has made Virginia one of the best run states in the country. Twenty-one years! Everyone you talk to that knows Delegate Hamilton has nothing but good things to say.
There is much talk from both sides accusing one another of being un-American. I will tell you what is un-American. Denying Phil Hamilton his due process under the law and the rules of the House. Anyone calling for his resignation without knowing the facts is simply wrong, no matter your political situation. His name is not Kennedy, Frank, Clinton or almost any Obama nominee, but his error was nowhere near the crimes these men committed and they are idolized by many.
So. Sit back. Take a breath. And let this play out in an orderly and legal fashion. Phil Hamilton has served this Commonwealth with distinction for over two decades. He has earned that right.