Does this (from "Panel's vote shows depth of divide over gun show checks") pass your smell test?
Tuesday's vote also made for an uncomfortable debut on the crime commission for House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, D-Henry County. Armstrong was appointed to the panel late last week by House Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford County, and his opposition to the measure was critical to the panel's 6-6 vote. Three other Democratic legislators on the commission supported the measure.
Armstrong complained that the timing of his appointment was politically motivated. He replaced former Del. Brian Moran, D-Alexandria, who resigned from the legislature last month to run for governor. Moran favors the gun show legislation, as does Gov. Tim Kaine. An aide to Howell said Armstrong was tapped because of his seniority on the House Courts of Justice Committee. [link] [my emphasis]
So why did you accept the appointment, ya numbskull? Did someone twist your arm? Threaten your family? Hold your puppy hostage?
"'I don't duck votes, and at the end of the day, I'm going to vote with my district,' Armstrong said." As he complained that he wasn't able to duck this vote ...
Ward Armstrong. Profile in courage.