But after Democrats accused Puckett of selling out, he decided to remain with his job in banking, according to two people who were familiar with his decision. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss his decision.No word yet on whether Puckett's daughter—who has been waiting for the judicial seat for some time, but came up against the Senate's policy "against appointing close relatives of active legislators to the bench"—will continue to pursue the seat.
It’s not clear whether the criticism fueled his decision. Puckett has not returned repeated messages seeking comment Sunday and Monday.
Puckett could potentially be facing more than recriminations from his former colleagues. If the reporting on the story has been accurate, Puckett and the Republicans who struck this deal with him might have broken Virginia's bribery law. That's true whether or not Puckett ultimately takes the tobacco commission job or not. Seems like an investigation is in order here.