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Toscano Calls on Tobacco Commission to Address Senator's Resignation

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RICHMOND, Va (WVIR) -

Charlottesville Delegate David Toscano is putting the heat on the Virginia Tobacco Commission following the sudden resignation of Democratic Virginia Senator Phil Puckett last month.

The feds are already investigating whether Puckett violated any ethics rules for considering a job with the Virginia Tobacco Commission upon his resignation.

In an editorial published in the Virginian-Pilot, Toscano emphasized the need to look into the possible scandal, and questioned how the commission is spending state dollars.

"We need to help the Delegate have a better understanding of the good things that the commission has funded over the last 15 years that have resulted in people getting academic degrees, jobs, and bringing billions of dollars of private capital investment to state and local tax rolls,” said Tim Pfohl, interim executive director of the Virginia Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.

The head of the Tobacco Commission says there are some misconceptions in the editorial, which he hopes to clear up when he can meet with Delegate Toscano.

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