The Bulletin

Signature fiasco gets worse for Taylor

By: - August 29, 2018 6:11 pm

Outgoing U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, a Republican from Virginia Beach. Photo via the U.S. House of Representatives.

You might have heard that U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, a Virginia Beach Republican, has been ensnared in something of a controversy over some signatures.

His staff helped circulate petitions to get Hampton Democrat Shaun Brown on the ballot as an independent to siphon votes from the party’s nominee, Elaine Luria.

However, it turns out a lot of those signatures were forged, since some belonged to people who have shuffled off to that great voting booth in the sky and others who insist they never signed the petition. Democrats are suing to get Brown off the ballot.

And a woman who accused Taylor’s staff of forging her former neighbor’s signature, according to a report today in Talking Points Memo, got a phone call from Taylor, who, the report says, pressured her to withdraw the accusation.

“It’s an intimidation factor to try and make me back down on it” she said. “I felt like he was trying to intimidate.”

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Robert Zullo
Robert Zullo

Robert spent 13 years as a reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers and was previously editor of the Virginia Mercury. He was a staff writer and managing editor at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., before spending five years in south Louisiana covering hurricanes, oil spills and Good Friday crawfish boils as a reporter and city editor for the The Courier and the Daily Comet newspapers in Houma and Thibodaux. He covered Richmond city hall for the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 2012 to 2013 and worked as a general assignment and city hall reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 2013 to 2016. He returned to Richmond in 2016 to cover energy, environment and transportation for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Contact him at [email protected]