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Thursday, August 8, 2013
After four months of taking body blow after body blow from a scandal-hungry press corps, I am thrilled that Gov. Bob McDonnell finally appears to be setting the record straight.
Sometimes the truth is more important than some legal strategy, and I’m glad McDonnell is presenting his side of the story.
He recently returned more than $120,000 in loans — perfectly legal loans — and apologized for the embarrassment they brought with them. But he also made clear that an audit by a former Democratic attorney general found that neither they, nor the gifts, bought any benefits.
I have known the governor for almost 20 years and worked for him in both of his statewide races. I know him to be unfailingly honest and ethical.
The most unkind coverage of this sad situation has been the attacks on the governor’s wife and children which, as a family man, have probably hurt him the most.
Even The Washington Post was forced to admit in a long story about Maureen McDonnell that she has been best known as “a go-getter willing to travel the state, slog through international trade missions — even parachute out of a plane — to boost Virginia wine, wellness, tourism and military families.”
That’s the first family of Virginia we’ve known for the past three years, and their commitment to Virginia’s success and economic health is what I will remember when McDonnell’s term is over.
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