Del. Lacey Putney, I-Bedford, is undergoing treatment for throat cancer, according to a story in today’s Lynchburg News & Advance.
Putney, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, was in Richmond yesterday to hear Gov. Bob McDonnell brief the General Assembly’s money committees on the state’s budget and revenue picture. Putney, 84, whose voice has become raspy in recent years, spoke in a whisper but appeared to be in good spirits.
Putney’s wife Carmela told the News & Advance that the veteran delegate has nearly completed radiation treatments and is optimistic about his recovery. The cancer was detected at an early stage, she said.
Putney, the longest-serving member in the history of the General Assembly, has been in attendance for legislative committee meetings throughout the summer. In a June meeting of the House Appropriations Committee, he was critical of McDonnell’s administration for failing to notify key state lawmakers about a $4 million state grant to the Washington Redskins.
– Michael Sluss