February 2, 2007
Attempts to banish Virginia's unique ban on governors seeking re-election died in a House Committee Friday.
Delegate Harry Purkey, R-Virginia Beach, has tried for 14 straight years to get the measure to pass without success.
He suggested trading some of the governor's appointment powers for a chance to serve consecutive terms.
The House Committee on Privileges and Elections killed the resolutions without debate.
"This committee has decided that they will pre-empt the public
view and that they will simply make the decision," Purkey said in
promising to bring the proposal back again until it passes.
A similar proposal to extend a governor's term to six years died in the Senate last week.