Delegate Marshall Never has Been Afraid to Buck GOP

Written by JEFF E. SCHAPIRO AND ANDREW CAIN TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITERSPublished: February 26, 2010 Updated: February 26, 2010 Source: Courtesy of Richmond Times Dispatch

Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, embroiled in a firestorm over his recent remarks on abortion, never has been reluctant to speak his mind -- or to challenge fellow Republicans.

"Bob Marshall marches to his own beat, and sometimes that rhythm is in time with us and sometimes it's not," said G. Paul Nardo, chief of staff to House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford.

It was Marshall whose lawsuit led the Virginia Supreme Court to throw out, as unconstitutional, the state's 2007 transportation-funding package, which then-Attorney General Bob McDonnell, now governor, had approved and Howell had hoped would pave the way to Republican gains in that fall's House elections.