Chase Censure Deal Off

Had Been Looking to Avoid Rebuke

WRVA News
January 22, 2021 - 5:48 pm

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Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - It appears, according to the Washington Post, that State Senator Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield) will be facing a censure vote next week.  The Post had reported Chase and Democrats had agreed to avoid the vote if Chase apologized and clarified herself, but that deal now appears off.

Chase did speak on the Senate Floor Friday, and said she apologized, "if she offended anyone because of her love of the Constitution."  Chase also insisted she was only referring to the peaceful rally attendees on January 6th as "patriots," although at least one post on her currently down Facebook page showed she was referring to the insurrectionists inside.  Chase also blamed reporters for correctly reporting about that post.

A censure bring no actual penalities.  Chase had also floated a censure resolution of her own, going after Senator Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) for her participation in a protest at a Confederate Monument.  Lucas at one time faced charges connected to that protest, but they were dismissed.

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