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Former Va. Gov. McDonnell
and wife charged in gifts case

Washington Post, by Rosalind S. Helderman*

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Posted By:MissMolly, 1/21/2014 3:28:22 PM

Former Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his wife Maureen were charged in federal court Tuesday with illegally accepting gifts, luxury vacations and large loans from a wealthy Richmond-area businessman who sought special treatment from state government. The two were charged in connection with their relationship with dietary supplement executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. Authorities alleged McDonnell and his wife received gifts from Williams again and again, lodging near constant requests for money, clothes, trips, golf accessories and private plane rides. In exchange, they alleged the McDonnells worked in concert to lend the prestige of the governorship to Williams’s struggling company, a

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Reply 1 - Posted by: dittohead, 1/21/2014 3:39:07 PM     (No. 9700266)

What about houses in Chicago,fake salaries from Chicago hospitals and cattle futures? Turn about is fair play.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 1/21/2014 3:40:45 PM     (No. 9700267)

Terry McAuliffe made a phone call.
Not defending the guy, but both he and Christie are in jams for doing what Democrats and most politicians do without thinking twice. This is war.
This is what the GOP gets for letting Clinton and numerous other DemocRATS slide.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: littleorby, 1/21/2014 3:49:31 PM     (No. 9700280)

#1,and 2: I don´t understand your comments:

Are you´ll saying Gov. McDonnell is being set-up or that´s it´s OK for him to be crooked because the democrats are too?

If it´s the latter . . ., SHAME on both of you.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: 4justice, 1/21/2014 3:53:10 PM     (No. 9700283)

WaPoo is losing its edge...no mention of party...R

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 1/21/2014 3:54:55 PM     (No. 9700286)

If every politician were held to this same standard 80% of them, primarily Democrats would get indicted. The Republicans do not go after the Rats for this type of stuff, but Repubs. are targeted mercilessly. That´s what I´m saying.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 1/21/2014 4:06:16 PM     (No. 9700302)

Are we also suffering from "Relativism"? Do we sudeenly decide that becasue Democrats do this kind of thing it´s okay for Republicans?

Heavens, I hope not. If Bob McDonnell and his wife did these things they both deserve to be tossed in jail.

It´s exactly this kind of "easy use" of power in our nation that is destroying the very essence of Democracy. Soon, nothing will be left but a thin, hollow shell of what freedom and justice means.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Coy860, 1/21/2014 4:07:05 PM     (No. 9700304)

Mooch spent 27 days in Hawaii..the last 10 paid for by ???

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Reply 8 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 1/21/2014 4:07:59 PM     (No. 9700307)

#3, it is not okay to be a crooked politician, regardless of party affiliation, but you do have to see the almost comical irony in this statement from the article.

FTA: The threat of indictment had loomed over the final months of his four year term, which ended with the inauguration of Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Jan. 11.

Talk about VA going "from the frying pan into the fire" of political corruption.


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Reply 9 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 1/21/2014 4:08:38 PM     (No. 9700308)

I´m sorry - he acts guilty. What an idiot.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: jinx, 1/21/2014 4:10:44 PM     (No. 9700310)

Tony Rezco, friend of Barry and Michelle, helped them buy their house in Chicago. He had his fingers in many pots that Obama knew about and overlooked. Tony is now in jail. Obama could have never gotten as far as he did without help. Who paid for his Harvard Education and what did he have to do for it? Obama was never vetted. The Democrats must be really afraid of McDonnell.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/21/2014 4:29:36 PM     (No. 9700328)

Earlier posters are absolutely correct. Yes, it´s infuriating and depressing that Democrats aren´t held to a legal standard. But that fact doesn´t erase wrongdoing when it is done by our own. I despise the defense of "well, they did worse". That is not a defense. It´s an excuse.



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Reply 12 - Posted by: littleorby, 1/21/2014 4:42:08 PM     (No. 9700341)

HAT TIP #11:

You´re wrong on most issues, but right on this one ).



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Reply 13 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 1/21/2014 5:01:31 PM     (No. 9700367)

#11 & 12 - don´t mean to belabor the point, but I haven´t noticed a defense of wrongdoing. The point is more that Democrats need to be held to account as well as Republicans.
Unfortunately, we have too much willingness to compromise with Democrat wrongdoers instead of standing strong in holding them accountable for what is often far more egregious and damaging wrongdoing.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 1/21/2014 5:03:43 PM     (No. 9700369)

He was only ´charged´.
Not convicted.
But it doesn´t sound good.
But let his prosecution serve as a warning to Dems.

Justice is a merfer.

....and you won´t be in power for ever.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 1/21/2014 5:05:50 PM     (No. 9700370)

Terrible to hear of this. I don´t like these shenanigans (if true) by Republicans any more than when ´demonrats´ do it. It´s disgraceful and should be brought into the light of day, and punished. (Shenanigans is not a good word - corruption is a better fit).

When his name occasionally came up as a possible VP pick in the last big election, I was always tepid on him. He didn´t seem to have any obvious energy or enthusiasm, etc. Glad I didn´t put a checkmark by his name. I´m curious to know who those are that thought he would be a great VP pick. This is not to criticize those who endorsed him - Just curious.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Ret.TxLeo, 1/21/2014 5:11:21 PM     (No. 9700379)

Don´t think either side should be allowed to walk, but seriously...Terry McAuffle? Really? That man oozes kick back, pay for play, under the table money dealing and scratch my back and I will line your wallet. It past ironic how Republicans who commit illegal acts get the book thrown at them then you have Charlie Rangel, Maxine Waters, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, Chuck Schumer, Boxer´s husband, Pelosi´s husband,Hillary Clinton, obama and rezco, etc...get a free pass....

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Reply 17 - Posted by: john56, 1/21/2014 5:21:20 PM     (No. 9700394)

Indicted for the crime of "Breathing While Republican."

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Reply 18 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/21/2014 5:22:44 PM     (No. 9700396)

#12, I could say the same to you. You found an acorn on this one.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: enuf8, 1/21/2014 5:25:59 PM     (No. 9700401)

Harrison J. Bonnal with the exact same Social Security number as barack (barry soetero) Hussein obama bought the mansion in Illinois with the help of Rezko and more Chi-town thugs and the government is paying about 3.5K monthly to someone (don´t have any idea whose cashing the checks or into which account the funds are deposited) for security of the property right down from Bill Ayres and Bernadette Dorhn. I suppose the security is needed because of the terrorist Ayres and Dorhn might pipe bomb the place.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: littleorby, 1/21/2014 5:36:14 PM     (No. 9700414)

#18: (a BIG broad smile).

I used to delight in gigging frogs when I was a kid.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: littleorby, 1/21/2014 5:43:07 PM     (No. 9700420)

#18: (a BIG broad smile).

I used to delight in gigging frogs when I was a kid, and my oldest brother could sauteed the best frog legs I´ve ever eaten.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: gagolfer, 1/21/2014 5:59:33 PM     (No. 9700431)

Gov. McDonnell´s chance for national office ended before this when he decided he was qualified to mandate intimate gynecology procedures for women.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: michellewsc2, 1/21/2014 6:03:39 PM     (No. 9700434)

I´m guessing he would be very popular in the prison showers lol

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Reply 24 - Posted by: noparallel, 1/21/2014 6:13:10 PM     (No. 9700446)

It was a stupid thing to do. Legal? Dunno. Stupid? Yes.


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Reply 25 - Posted by: absalom, 1/21/2014 8:05:52 PM     (No. 9700510)

This is hardly news and Cuccinelli was involved in the same activity w/the same hustler for a smaller amount. Agreed, bad habits are harder to break than good ones to keep, but why are posters still voting for Republicrat trash??? Either they have their hand in somebody´s pocket or they have their hand out to the D´s. Beyond garbage!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/21/2014 8:53:04 PM     (No. 9700540)

My goodness, you would think he and the wife were related to Jesse.

There is just some disease that hits people after they are elected, I think it´s called OPM.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: mnwxyz, 1/21/2014 8:55:27 PM     (No. 9700546)

Scum probably brought down Cooch too.

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