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Judges could name Thorne-Begland to the bench

His election to a Richmond judgeship might have been rejected by the House of Delegates, but Tracy Thorne-Begland could get an interim appointment from the city’s circuit judges.

As the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports, the six circuit judges in Richmond have the authority to make an interim appointment for the funded-but-unfilled vacancy on the general district bench. Richmond legislators who supported Thorne-Begland in the General Assembly have not wavered in their endorsements, the paper says.

Any person selected by the circuit judges would serve only until the next General Assembly session unless the Assembly elected that person for a full term as judge.

Del. Manoli Loupassi tells the paper he thinks the outcome of the House vote might be different if Thorne-Begland were up for election again. Other sources suggest conservatives would mount a coordinated campaign to again deny him a judgeship.

Thorne-Begland’s bid for a judgeship has become an issue in the U.S. Senate campaign in Virginia, as The Washington Post reports. Del. Bob Marshall, one of the Senate candidates, led the opposition to Thorne-Begland on the House floor in Richmond.

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