Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are in big trouble. They were formally charged with getting a little too greedy with the luxury items, “given” to them by a friend, Jonnie R. Williams Sr., who ran a nutritional supplement company called Star Scientific. The McDonnells got the goodies and Jonnie got the access and plugs from the gov.
The indictment has 14 counts on 43 pages. What’s most interesting to me is not just what Bobby did—he was overextended financially due to buying some vacation properties and getting into mortgage trouble–but what his label-loving
shrew wife was up to. The indictment reads: “MAUREEN MCDONNELL asked for assistance in finding a designer dress for her husband’s upcoming inauguration as Governor, and JW [Jonnie Williams] agreed to help. MAUREEN MCDONNELL subsequently informed JE, one of ROBERT MCDONNELL’S senior staff members, that JW had agreed to purchase a designer dress by Oscar de la Renta for MAUREEN MCDONNELL for the inauguration. JE expressed concerns regarding the prospect ofJW purchasing MAUREEN MCDONNELL’S inaugural dress and ultimately informed her that JW’s purchase of a designer dress for the inauguration would be inappropriate and should not be done. As a result, MAUREEN MCDONNELL became upset with JE.
“’1need to talk to you about Inaugural clothing budget. 1need answers and Bob is screaming about the thousands I’m charging up in credit card debt. We are broke, have an unconscionable amount in credit card debt already, and this Inaugural is killing us!! I need answers and I need help, and I need to get this done.’”
So what did she do? Sell the money-pit vacation homes to get rid of that financial burden and pay off the credit card debt? Noooooo. She came to NYC and spent $11,000 at Oscar de la Renta, $5,685 at Louis Vuitton, and $2,604 at Bergdorf Goodman.
Now that’s what I call shopping!
McDonnell is, not surprisingly, a bit steamed. “I come before you this evening as someone who has been falsely and wrongfully accused and whose public service has been wrongfully attacked,” he said on TV. “I repeat again, emphatically, that I did nothing illegal for Mr. Williams.”
Guess Bobby can kiss the White House goodbye.
Which, according to this piece–http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/01/bob_mcdonnell_scandal_what_we_can_learn_from_the_alleged_ethical_lapses.html—is too bad for his fans, because he was a decent governor. He believed in a conservative fiscal policy, and he stuck to it. Too bad he couldn’t practice what he preached.
And Maureen will be shoe-shopping at Payless from now on.
For more, read http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/former-va-gov-mcdonnell-and-wife-charged-in-gifts-case/2014/01/21/1ed704d2-82cb-11e3-9dd4-e7278db80d86_story.html and this charming insight into the family’s behavior at http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/chef-speaks-out-about-vas-mcdonnells/2013/12/20/d9e09134-6995-11e3-8b5b-a77187b716a3_story.html