A former legislative aide to Virginia Delegate Marie March is filing suit against her old boss, accusing March of abusing her power and committing fraud while forcing the aide to work for March’s private business as part of her taxpayer-funded job.
Floyd County-based Delegate Marie March (R-7) has been slapped with the lawsuit in Richmond’s Circuit Court by her former legislative aide, Tambra Lynn Blankenship, who’s seeking at least a $70,000 judgment. March, who’s been in office for less than a year, has engaged in serious public fraud and corruption during her short time in Richmond, Blankenship alleges.
On page 11 of her suit against Marie March, Blankenship goes into detail about what it was like to work for the GOP Delegate.
“During the course of her employment, the named Plaintiff was repeatedly directed by Del. March to perform services that had nothing to do with the role of an employee of an elected official, but rather benefited Del. March’s private business enterprise(s) and or/her personal life,” reads the lawsuit.
Ms. Blankenship, the suit goes on, “worked several hours per week” for Marie March’s personal and business interests, usually “after having already worked forty hours” helping March with her actual legislative duties.
Detailing the alleged fraud committed by Marie March, the lawsuit states that she “expected and directed the named Plaintiff to perform duties that benefited her private business(es) and personal life all while the named Plaintiff was being compensated for purported legislative assistance by taxpayer funds paid by the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
Furthermore, the suit alleges that March directed her employees to join her in committing serious governmental fraud to help cover her own tracks.
“Del. March also directed employees to intentionally falsify time records to illustrate that employees were working less hours than the total number of hours actually worked,” says the lawsuit.
Read the full lawsuit against Delegate Marie March HERE
The lawsuit against Marie March comes shortly after she accused her GOP primary opponent, fellow Delegate Wren Williams (R-9), of shoving her at a recent GOP event in Wytheville. Though her accusations against Williams have been disproven by video evidence, which shows nothing of the sort took place, she is sticking by her claims and has involved law enforcement in the matter.
Both March and Williams are incumbents, but they’ve been drawn into the same Southwest Virginia district for the state’s 2023 midterms and are fighting for the nomination in a heated primary contest that March is fighting to turn into a convention.
The local GOP establishment has given its support to March over Williams, who was a Trump election attorney and carries a strong America First message.
He’s blasted March for changing her stripes on abortion after she previously supported it and accused pro-lifers of siding with big government on the issue.
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National File reached out to Delegate March for comment on this story but received no response. Among the questions asked of March was whether or not she had anticipated the lawsuit, and fabricated her accusations against Williams to portray herself in a sympathetic light.
Delegate Williams, however, did respond to National File’s request for comment, saying that March is engaging in Pelosi-style “swamp behavior.”
“These are serious allegations of corruption,” Williams told National File of the lawsuit. “Not just that Marie March used taxpayer dollars for personal benefit, but that she ordered her employees to lie and falsify records to cover it up. This is swamp behavior by March. It’s unacceptable.”
“Southwest Virginia deserves proven conservative leaders who are honest and trustworthy to represent them,” Williams went on. “But Marie March has quickly embraced the way of corrupt politicians like Nancy Pelosi, who use their position for personal gain. March needs to go.”
Delegate Marie March is just the latest GOP establishment figure to face legal action in Virginia.
In August, former Deputy Attorney General Monique Miles filed a defamation lawsuit against A.G. Jason Miyares and several members of his office. The suit comes after Miyares bowed to the demands of the left-wing Washington Post and fired Miles shortly after taking office over her social media posts in support of the election integrity movement – then lied about it.
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