Democratic legislators ask W.Va. Governor for resignation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Several Democratic legislative members are asking for West Virginia Governor Jim Justice's resignation.

Governor Jim Justice addresses budget deficit, education and tourism during 2017 State of the State.

The House and Senate Democratic Caucus Leaders released a statement Thursday afternoon saying the Governor's Office has been plagued by dysfunction.

"The Governor has failed to pay his taxes, refused to place his assets into a blind trust and has made several controversial hiring and firing decisions, including the hiring of an EQT board member and media mogul as a part-time minimum wage employee," said House Minority Leader Tim Miley (D-Harrison).

Earlier Thursday, Governor Justice announced that Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher had resigned. In this afternoon's release, Democrats say the Department of Commerce has been the center of controversy after an issue with the RISE program.

"Governor Justice likes to fire people instead of accepting any blame that his absenteeism keeps him out of touch with what is happening at the Capitol," Senator Roman Prezioso stated. "Recent news articles have shown that the Governor's Office was well aware of the issues with RISE WV and flood relief- yet no action was taken until a legislative committee publicly raised concerns."

The legislators went on to say that the Governor doesn't spend enough time at the Capitol. They say if he can't come to Charleston then he should resign.

WSAZ reached out to Governor Jim Justice for a response to the resignation requests.

"West Virginians need to ask themselves point blank are things better since I took office or not? These people have been in office forever and are throwing stones. Ask them what they've accomplished," Gov. Justice said on the phone.