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Two pairs of shoes drop in ex-Virginia governor case

Both husband and wife are indicted for illegal loans and gifts.

Two pairs of shoes drop in ex-Virginia governor case: indicted
Two pairs of shoes drop in ex-Virginia governor case: indicted
Crooked and former governor and first lady of Virginia
Steve Helber/Associated Press

Just to demonstrate how poorly the Republican Party vets its candidates and how poorly voters select and elect candidates to office, just look at this case.

A few months ago, former Governor Bob McDonnell was being considered as a candidate for president in Election 2016. He was a possible running mate with Mitt Romney. Earlier today, the news was that his wife was indicted. It was just a matter of time before the second pair of shoes dropped in the family.

This is a serious criminal case. The former governor and first lady could spend some time in jail. That’s right, from the governor’s mansion into the clinker.

The charge: “fraud and soliciting loans and gifts.”

The former governor reacted by saying that he has been falsely and wrongly accused. However, authorities have 14 counts against them.

Let’s look in the closet. “The list includes Mr. McDonnell’s silver Rolex, two gold Oscar de la Renta dresses, an Armani jacket and matching dresses, two pairs of Foot Joy golf shoes, a baby blue striped Peter Millar golf shirt, a Ping Kinloch golf bag, two sets of golf clubs, two iPhones and 30 boxes of Anatabloc.”

It cheapens the office and is a disgrace to Virginia as well as to the Republican Party.

“Ex-Governor of Virginia Is Indicted on Charges Over Loans and Gifts

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and his wife, Maureen, were indicted Tuesday. Steve Helber/Associated Press

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and his wife, Maureen, were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on charges of accepting more than $140,000 in loans and gifts in exchange for promoting the business of a political patron who was seeking special favors from the state government.

The 14-count indictment filed by the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia included charges of fraud and soliciting loans and gifts from Jonnie R. Williams Sr., the chief executive of Star Scientific, a maker of dietary supplements, who hoped to use the governor to promote his products.

The indictment accuses the McDonnells of accepting some $135,000 in cash from Mr. Williams, thousands of dollars in golf outings, designer clothing and a Rolex watch engraved “71st Governor of Virginia” on the back. It accuses the former first couple of lying about the gifts on loan statements and to government investigators.

Once a rising Republican star, mentioned as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney in 2012 and as an aspirant for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination, Mr. McDonnell has taken a spectacular fall since details of his relationship with Mr. Williams surfaced last spring. Under Virginia law, he was limited to one four-year term, but details of his relationship with Mr. Williams and the threat of his indictment colored the race to succeed him.

“Today’s charges represent the Justice Department’s continued commitment to rooting out public corruption at all levels of government,” the acting assistant attorney general, Mythili Raman, said in a statement. “Ensuring that elected officials uphold the public’s trust is one of our most critical responsibilities.”

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