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Blaming the flirtatious wife? Ex-Gov.
Bob McDonnell’s trial turns tabloid

Fox News, by Howard Kurtz

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Posted By:Honeybadger, 7/31/2014 7:12:06 AM

As governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell was a savvy southerner often talked about as a hot Republican presidential prospect for 2016.Now he’s fighting to stay out of jail.The fall-from-grace narrative is a classic one, a rising-star politician who accepted lavish gifts from a rich businessman seeking help from state government. But this tale had a twist: McDonnell’s wife, Maureen, was a key go-between with the executive, Jonnie Williams. In a Richmond courthouse, the former governor has mounted an eye-opening defense, saying that his wife was smitten with the guy while their own relationship had collapsed. I guess desperate times call for desperate

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: periwinkel, 7/31/2014 7:21:50 AM     (No. 9947455)

If the wife is willing to be thrown under the bus in such a tawdry fashion, one has to believe there is much more to the story.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Keekng, 7/31/2014 7:40:12 AM     (No. 9947470)

Darned women............

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dagger, 7/31/2014 7:46:03 AM     (No. 9947480)

In multiple defendant cases, often the defense wants separate trials. Very hard to get in federal conspiracy cases. This could be an attempt to create a conflict to lay the foundation for a "severance" as its known in the business. Pretty tawdry in any event.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jebediah, 7/31/2014 8:03:19 AM     (No. 9947497)

Just shows you once again that one has look beyond the magnetism and the glibness and investigator whom we elect. (That´s how we got Obama.) But it is ALSO why Republicans are so turned off re: some Republicans and, certainly, the Party.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 7/31/2014 8:13:30 AM     (No. 9947508)

Whatever the outcome of this trial, you´ve got to love the look on that woman´s face standing behind him in the photo. Worth 1000 words!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rinktum, 7/31/2014 8:14:47 AM     (No. 9947509)

Not to be judge and jury, but this kind of behavior (if accurate and apparently, it is) is the very definition of corruption. This is a sordid tale but one that needs to be told. Actions have consequences and if you don´t want to have to defend the indefensible, play by the rules.

Honest question. What about the guy who is buying political favor? Is there is no law against being overly generous to politicians for personal gain?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Halfvast Conspirator, 7/31/2014 8:25:36 AM     (No. 9947522)

That dude has an Extremely Powerful Hairstyle that should propel him to the heights of political power.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: susieq1, 7/31/2014 8:30:27 AM     (No. 9947526)

People will sell their soul for the "love" of money.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: gobushcheneygo, 7/31/2014 8:39:40 AM     (No. 9947538)

Not to be too snarky but judging from the photo, McDonnell belongs in the John Edwards Hair Hall of Fame. And his wife looks like one PO´d woman.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 7/31/2014 8:44:41 AM     (No. 9947546)

How sad it all is. I feel sorry for the kids - how will they ever have their own lives that somehow isn´t tainted by these stories about their parents?

P.S. Anyone going into politics better make sure that they and his/her spouse understand all the rules about gifts and lavish attention from supporters.

I looked at McDonnell´s Wikipedia page and am dumbfounded! Just before McDonnell was elected Governor, he was the Attorney General of Virginia from 2006 to 2009.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: sw penn, 7/31/2014 8:55:17 AM     (No. 9947560)

´Williams financed a New York shopping spree in which Maureen spent $11,000 at Oscar de la Renta, $5,685 at Louis Vitton and $2,604 at Bergdorf Goodman. The purchases also included two sets of golf clubs and a silver Rolex inscribed “71st Governor of Virginia.”´

So...
If they had spent $20K
on a Gay Pride event in Alexandria
bribery and corruption would have been ok
and they would have been on their way to the
White House?

Simple misallocation of funds case, right?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: nightvision, 7/31/2014 9:32:59 AM     (No. 9947617)

Cherchez la femme.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: starboard, 7/31/2014 9:46:22 AM     (No. 9947639)

Washington Redskins cheerleader...enough said.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: TOOTALL, 7/31/2014 10:33:07 AM     (No. 9947727)

Now we don´t need to wait for the next season of ´House of Cards´ to air!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Dignitary Protection, 7/31/2014 10:45:31 AM     (No. 9947750)

Sort of reminds me of another political couple I´ve heard of, the Clintons.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Amicus Veritatis, 7/31/2014 12:54:24 PM     (No. 9947976)

This was the final straw when it came to my identifying as a republican at the state level here in VA. I´m a Tea Party, independent, constitutionalist who places his faith in God and the rule of law.

And now we have governor "McDuff" the Clinton bundler. But at least we knew from before McDuff´s foregone coronation that he´s a crook.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Felixcat, 7/31/2014 2:13:20 PM     (No. 9948077)

I voted for Governor McDonnell - very proud when he re-opened immediately after his election our closed rest stops on major interstates after his predecessor Tom Kaine closed them to save money.

He had a bright future but it´s over now. Obviously corruption in our elected leaders is not tolerable, well, except for when they´re Democrats.

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