Mike Hymes Calls For Full Transparency Regarding Tobacco Commission Revelations

Posted on Jun 29, 2014

(Tazewell, VA) — It was reported in the media last night that emails released by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (Tobacco Commission), “…outline plans hatched by Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, to offer Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell, a senior job with the commission once he resigned from the Virginia Senate.” This is a job that was created especially for Senator Puckett.

“As a member of the Tobacco Commission, Ben Chafin needs to disclose his involvement with the Commission’s plan to give Phil Puckett a job,” said Mike Hymes. “Not only should Chafin release all his Tobacco Commission phone records, emails and computer records, he should also release all his private communications and meetings he had with Delegate Kilgore and members and staff of the Commission regarding his role in trading a job for a Senate seat.

“This scandal is looking worse and worse, and now is the time for full transparency. With the Tobacco Commission under federal investigation, Ben Chafin owes the residents of Southwest Virginia a full, complete and honest explanation of his role in this scheme,” continued Hymes.

Mike Hymes, a three-time elected member of the Tazewell Board of County Supervisors, is the leader in bringing more transparency to county government. Mike led the effort to publish the county budget on-line, provide the names of everyone who received more than $1,000 from the county government and set up a hot-line for residents to report fraud and unethical conduct.

“In Tazewell, I led the effort to create a more transparent and open government, and I am the only one on this race who has promised to do the same in Richmond,” concluded Mike.

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