Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell repays $120k in loans, apologizes: “I broke no laws”

posted at 7:21 pm on July 23, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Well… If one indeed must apologize to the state you govern for the very questionable propriety of some shady financial dealings, I suppose that the same afternoon in which the news cycling is being dominated by the first public appearance of the Royal Baby, as well as resurgent revelations about NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner‘s personal battle with sexting… isn’t a terrible time to do it.

Governor McDonnell announced today that loans made to his wife and small family business by Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams have been repaid in full.

“Being Governor of Virginia is the highest honor of my 37 years in public service. I am deeply sorry for the embarrassment certain members of my family and I brought upon my beloved Virginia and her citizens. I want you to know that I broke no laws and that I am committed to regaining your sacred trust and confidence. I hope today’s action is another step toward that end. Virginia has never been stronger and I plan to focus on creating even more jobs and facilitating greater opportunity during the last five months of my term as your Governor. Our work together on education, transportation, pension reform, voting rights, and economic expansion has produced great results for Virginia,” said Governor McDonnell.

The repayments include $52,278.17 for a loan made to Mrs. McDonnell is 2011 and $71,837.00 for two additional loans made to the small real estate business owned jointly by the Governor and his sister in 2012. The payments include both principal and interest.

All monies used for repayment have come from the Governor, the family business itself, or his family.

Just in case you haven’t been keeping up with the slow drip of sketchiness swirling around McDonnell’s relationship with the wealthy political donor, here’s a quick blurb courtesy of the National Journal:

A quick recap: The loans were a part of the $145,000 in financial assistance McDonnell’s family and corporation have received from Williams. The assistance and gifts include $15,000 in catering for the governor’s daughter’s wedding in June 2011, a $6,500 Rolex, and a variety of airfare expenses.

Under current Virginia law, there is no limit to the value of gifts the governor can accept, but any gifts worth more than $50 must be disclosed. Family members are exempt from disclosure. McDonnell is currently under investigation over whether he or his family used the governor’s office to help Star Scientific in exchange for assistance. It does look, however, like these laws will soon be changed, regardless of who wins the upcoming gubernatorial election.

You’re only allowed to run for one consecutive gubernatorial term in Virginia anyway and this year’s race has already been well underway, but the moderate hit to his public image might put a bit of a damper on any plans he may have had for giving the job another go four years from now (or, indeed, any other political ambitions he may have had in mind). The bigger question was whether the Democrats would be able to succeed in painting Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli and the Republican brand with the same brush, but it doesn’t sound like many of Virginia’s voters have really paid too much close attention to McDonnell’s mini-scandals at all, and even if this is the last revelation of the McDonnell mini-scandals, the Democrats will undoubtedly continue to try.


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at least he didn’t tweat a picture of his ding-a-ling.

RealMc on July 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM

OK trolls, come on out !

burrata on July 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Too late Governor. You should have been out in front of this a month ago.

Now, welcome to Richmond Governor McCauliffe!

BacaDog on July 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Schmuck.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Better than ” The Punk ” .

Lucano on July 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM

I want you to know that I broke no laws

Right, because you investigated yourself and found yourself innocent of any possible crime.

Okay.

Dusty on July 23, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Well… If one indeed must apologize to the state you govern for the very questionable propriety of some shady financial dealings

Wow! Nice way to skew the story Ms. Johnson. There has been no clear accusation of illegal activity other than innuendo in the WaPo. Nice way of ignoring the presumption of innocence to sell a headline.

The reality is that the perception was bad (no matter the legalities) and this should, at least stem some of the bleeding. I do wish that it would have happened before now- not that I really thought that Bob was destined for higher office.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Wishing the Gov. peace and continued prosperity in retirement.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 23, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Governor, you now need to tweet out pics of your Johnson to get reelected.

portlandon on July 23, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I am committed to regaining your sacred trust and confidence.

Too late.

wren on July 23, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Too late Governor. You should have been out in front of this a month ago.

Now, welcome to Richmond Governor McCauliffe!

BacaDog on July 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM

McDonnell isn’t running for re-election. And the way VA politics works, I sincerely doubt that Ken is going to be hurt by whatever plays out in this story (other than Ken’s own ties to Star Scientific). The LT Governor’s race, on the other hand, is a foregone conclusion since the so-called moderates in VA are so god-damned stupid they think they can sway Northern VA voters by nominating Dem-Lite monsters.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2013 at 7:36 PM

I am committed to regaining your sacred trust and confidence.

Too late.

wren on July 23, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Suuure he is-and I’m Paris Hilton.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2013 at 7:39 PM

“I broke no laws”

…only Joe Citizen seems to do that!

KOOLAID2 on July 23, 2013 at 8:03 PM

The bigger crime is raising the sales tax in Virginia.

22044 on July 23, 2013 at 8:09 PM

The bigger crime is raising the sales tax in Virginia.

22044 on July 23, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Agreed. It will not deliver as promised.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2013 at 8:15 PM

He’s so dirty…he pays back something which is illegal but leaves the appearance of not quite lacrima cristi.

Look at how clean the Wieners are, both of them. He’s a wiener and she’s a dhimi. The feminazis are sows who protect them.

The twilight zone in America, 2013.

Schadenfreude on July 23, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Governor, you now need to tweet out pics of your Johnson to get reelected.

portlandon on July 23, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I’m afraid it would take more than that. He’s term limited, can’t be reelected.

Oldnuke on July 23, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Under current Virginia law, there is no limit to the value of gifts the governor can accept, but any gifts worth more than $50 must be disclosed. Family members are exempt from disclosure.

So this is why he broke no laws… Pretty stinky stuff. Politicians just don’t like to spend their own money, do they?

Fallon on July 23, 2013 at 8:42 PM

You’re only allowed to run for one consecutive…..

What would the alternative be?

A better way to say it would be:

“In Virginia, governors cannot run for re-election, but must sit out one term before running again”

BobMbx on July 23, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Rename the company Solyndra East, and the LSM will totally ignore this.

FlaMurph on July 23, 2013 at 9:40 PM

We should form a circle of politician’s,and let them rob the wallet in front of them!

SMACKRUNNER on July 23, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Now, welcome to Richmond Governor McCauliffe!

BacaDog on July 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Wow. Richmond is a state now and all grown up with a governor and everything!

I bet the capitol of Richmond is Short Pump.

Suuure he is-and I’m Paris Hilton.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Yes! Short Pump has a Hilton which charges three times as much as any hotel in four miles and I’m not telling how they get away with it!

Every girl at the bar looks like Paris Hilton, if that helps….

IlikedAUH2O on July 23, 2013 at 10:03 PM

This dude has always creeped me out. *shiver*

SouthernGent on July 23, 2013 at 10:12 PM

I read this sometime back but haven’t followed up if there has been any reaction.

Governor McDonnell Announces Process for Automatic Restoration of Voting and Civil Rights for Non-Violent Felons

I read the info but it seemed to be complicated. Don’t know if other States are doing this or not.

http://www.governor.virginia.gov/news/viewRelease.cfm?id=1895

bluefox on July 23, 2013 at 10:58 PM

IlikedAUH2O on July 23, 2013 at 10:03 PM

As you are well aware, Richmond is the Capitol of Virginia. I am welcoming that slimy carpetbagger to our beloved Richmond.

Cuch is toast. He won’t win, unfortunately. It’s not due to any ties to Johnny Williams, it’s due to the fact that women despise him. Even many conservative women.

On top of that, some of the rank and file GOP are pi$$ed that he and the state party pulled a fast one and engineered a convention instead of the usual primary. Well, it bit them in the a$$ when Jackson emerged and won the Lt. Gov. nomination.

I’m wishing for a write in movement for Bolling.

What’s with the snark on Short Pump? You a Chesterfield resident?

BacaDog on July 23, 2013 at 11:32 PM

$6,500 Rolex

Nobody needs to buy a Rolex…ever.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 24, 2013 at 12:12 AM

He broke no Virginia laws, but there is an election gearing up, and McCaulliffe needs all the help he can get from media.

McCaulliffe lent the Clintons millions from his own pocket so they could buy the Chappaqua house they live in. Obama had a shady real estate deal with a crook in order to be able to buy Michelle their fabulous, empty, Chicago home. Better make the republicans look corrupt.

Fleuries on July 24, 2013 at 8:53 AM

http://michellemalkin.com/2013/07/23/dhs-official-under-investigation-for-helping-terry-mcauliffe-and-hillarys-brother-secure-investment-through-govt-program/

Ken Cuccinelli is too clean and he is a mean conservative and he wants women to die. Lather and Repeat.

Fleuries on July 24, 2013 at 8:57 AM

He may have not broken the law, but it sure looks bad. We have a lot of Republicans in VA that just don’t seem to ‘get’ it. They skirt the edges of propriety and law and thing they are safe. We have a whole county full of these types and we aren’t even near Richmond.

We have three much better candidates running on the Republican ticket this time. Cucinelli has distanced himself a long time ago by not going along with the deal that Bolling and McDonnell made 4 years ago. It’s still going to be a tough fight. Good and evil. Cucinelli must win.

BetseyRoss on July 24, 2013 at 9:42 AM

I always wondered why, if Tim Kaine was such hot stuff, why he was no longer the Governor of VA. Now I know: it’s a one-term office.

The Schaef on July 24, 2013 at 11:45 AM