Want to find out which Republicans are running for the House of Delegates? The Republican Party of Virginia has a list.
And Del. Phil Hamilton, R-Newport News, isn't on it.
The name of Hamilton, one of Virginia's most influential lawmakers, has been stricken from the party's official candidate list in the wake of his job scandal at Old Dominion University.
GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell said Hamilton should quit, although he should be allowed to try and clear his name through an investigation. Joining in the calls for resignation were Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and RPV Chairman Pat Mullins.
When it comes to Hamilton, the cold shoulder appears to be mutual.
Hamilton said he doubted if Mullins would be welcome in the 93rd District, and that his supporters are taking down their McDonnell/Bolling signs.
Hamilton said he's still hearing good things from rank-and-file voters as he campaigns door to door. This morning, we spoke with Democrat Alan Diamonstein, the former Newport News delegate who supports Hamilton.
Diamonstein, who for years was the go-to guy in the General Assembly for the area, says Hamilton should be considered innocent until proven guilty.
The ODU jobs scandal shows that Hamilton was angling for employment at a proposed teaching center before he filed legislation that led to its creation. Once the center became a reality, he was hired there.
Hamilton resigned his ODU job when e-mails showed details of job-seeking but said he never intentionally did anything wrong. Speaker Bill Howell has called for an ethics investigation.
Diamonstein allows that what Hamilton did "was certainly not the brightest thing to do." But Hamilton has gone to bat time and time again for people in Newport News seeking legislation of one sort or another, the Democrat said.
"I think the community owes him an obligation" to hear from the investigation," Diamonsten said Thursday. "Everyone feels he's entitled to his presumption" of innocence.