McDonnell Burns His Benefactor

Governor McDonnell is under criminal investigation over allegations that he and his family received various “gifts” from Star Scientific executive Jonnie Williams. Those gifts are said to total more than  $145,000   $160,000  $190,000, including a $6,500 Rolex watch for McDonnell, a $15,000 Oscar de la Renta gown for his wife Maureen McDonnell, $15,000 in catering for McDonnell’s daughter’s wedding, $70,000 to a corporation owned by McDonnell and his sister, and a $50,000 check to McDonnell’s wife. And more. None of these gifts were reported in McDonnell’s annual financial filings.

Meanwhile, the Republican candidate to succeed McDonnell in the fast-approaching election, Ken Cuccinelli, has so far refused to return the $18,000+ worth of “gifts” he received from the selfsame benefactor.

“The governor has repeatedly demonstrated blindness to the importance of the scandal, apparently because there is no true north in his ethical compass”

The governor not only should return the gifts to their giver, he should return the office of governor to the people of Virginia”


The Daily Progress
Charlottesville, Virginia
Time for McDonnell to do the right thing