Gov. Tim Kaine says he won’t appoint a new judge to the State Corporation Commission, leaving the choice to the 2008 General Assembly, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Judge Theodore V. Morrison is retiring at the end of this month, giving Kaine an opportunity to fill the seat, since the Assembly won’t convene until Jan. 9.
Speculation had been that the governor would name Sen. William Wampler Jr., R-Bristol, to the position. But Wampler’s hope of being the first non-lawyer to sit on the SCC will have to wait. Kaine said he did not want to aggravate legislators by naming a judge just days before the legislature met.
But if the divided Assembly can’t agree on anyone, he stands ready to make the appointment, he said.