Va. gov wasn’t aware of possible job offer

Vir­ginia Demo­c­ra­tic Gov. Terry McAu­li­ffe says he was unaware his chief of staff made a poten­tial job offer to the daugh­ter of a state sen­a­tor who was con­sid­er­ing resign­ing this sum­mer.

McAu­li­ffe made the statement’s in an inter­view with The Asso­ci­ated Press Fri­day. the gov­er­nor said his chief of staff Paul Rea­gan acted alone in mak­ing a pos­si­ble job offer to the daugh­ter of for­mer Demo­c­ra­tic state Sen. Phil Puck­ett in order to keep Puck­ett in office. The pos­si­ble job offer was made pub­lic Thurs­day by The Wash­ing­ton Post.

Puckett’s res­ig­na­tion gave Repub­li­cans con­trol of the Sen­ate and hurt McAuliffe’s chances of expand­ing Med­ic­aid, his top leg­isla­tive pri­or­ity. The FBI inves­ti­gated the pos­si­ble job offer made to Puck­ett by the GOP-controlled tobacco com­mis­sion around the time of his resignation.