Remind me … what is quid pro quo?

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The Washington Post published the transcript of a potentially explosive voicemail allegedly from Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Chief of Staff Paul Reagan that was left on then-State Senator Phil Puckett’s phone before his resignation from the state senate (see Transcript: Voicemail from McAuliffe’s chief of staff).

The voicemail, published Thursday night, includes this:

If there’s something that we can do for her [Puckett’s daughter], I mean, you know, we have a couple of big agencies here that we still need agency heads. We could potentially, potentially, subject to approval of the governor and so forth, you know, the department of mines, minerals and energy could be available. … We just need you really, we need you for the rest of your term and beyond, but in the immediate future, we need you to help us get this Medicaid deal through and I think we’ve got a way to do it. So anyway, please let’s keep all this confidential.

Quid pro quo: something for something.

Of course, if this proves to be true, the first question would be, “Who provided the voice mail? And why?”

Read the entire transcript here.

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