The big story coming out yesterday was Gov. Bob McDonnell’s announcement that he is going to give back the gifts he received from BFF Jonnie Williams, including the Rolex. As I read somewhere else, I’m not sure what value there will be in an engraved watch. Maybe the governor can just pay Williams for it and keep it?
McDonnell, obviously, can’t give back the intangible gifts, unless he intends to reimburse Williams for the value of them. Not such a bad idea, actually.
The other thing to come out of the governor’s radio interview yesterday was his throwing AG Ken Cuccinelli under the bus for the $53,000+ in legal fees the taxpayers of Virginia are having to pay. No love lost between these two. Of course, had Cuccinelli resigned, we’d have had an AG fulfilling his role as the governor’s lawyer. As it is, we’re paying twice.
Personally, this is a much bigger issue for me than whether he gives back his own gifts from Williams. If I recall correctly, Cuccinelli got about $18,000 in gifts from Williams. Cuccinelli not performing the job we are paying him to is costing us WAY more than that.
Not performing as AG but refusing to resign, yet Cuccinelli thinks we should elect him as our next governor.
There’s a word for that: hubris.