Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has been indicted by a federal grand jury.  This, following the accusations of New Jersey Governor Christie.  It seems that just a couple of months ago the right were touting the successes of the Republican governors and their ability to revive the party as the Republicans  in Congress aren’t too popular.  Haven’t heard that meme much lately…



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16 responses to “Indicted!

  1. tempebev

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
    All the king’s horses and all the King’s men
    Couldn’t put Humpty together again……

  2. And another one bites the dust…..

  3. Yeah, and one of the problems is they stole the eggs from the kitchen, which led to the Executive Mansion chef’s ratting the McDonnell family out. (It’s true — a “flat of eggs” is one of their misappropriations.)

    This one could be a real good play about greed and grifting, deciding to money up so that your public image matches what you think it should be. Except you’re caught out and people do indeed get a pretty good look at what Maureen and Robert McDonnell actually are.

    I love how they each have their own lawyers. It’s said that Maureen ‘fessed up earlier that she’d dragged him into it, and could they prosecute her and not Bob? Feds said “no way.” No interest to them, a former Redskins cheerleader with a taste for Oscar de la Renta. By herself.

    And then Governor Bob turns down pleading to one felony charge — not even corruption — and his wife to get off scott free under terms of that deal. Not much chivalry there.

    So now this brilliant graduate of Pat Robertson’s law school, and his vain wife, are paying a flotilla of lawyers by their lonesomes.

    Can this marriage be saved?

    Our newly elected (and sane!) Attorney General, Mark Herring, said no to the state’s paying McDonnell’s bills. No idea if Virginia might go after the couple later for what the state spent on private attorneys before the new administration was sworn in. Don’t know where the McDonnells would get the money, or — and this could be interesting when it comes out — where they got the funds to pay back the improper loans and gifts several months ago.

    Crazy Ass Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s (former!!) Attorney General, could not defend the McDonnells because he was grifting Star Scientific himself. He recused, if memory serves.

    Hope Virginians are through with the lot of these, save as folks to point and laugh at.

  4. On the bright side for Virginia:

    Our brand new Attorney General, Mark Herring, he of the massive win, made the top of The Guardian (UK)’s website yesterday for refusing to defend against the same-sex marriage ban.

    The attorney general of Virginia has announced that the state will no longer defend its constitutional ban on gay marriage, siding instead with same-sex couples who are suing to have it struck down.

    Mark Herring said on Thursday that he wanted to ensure the state was “on the right side of history, and the right side of the law”.

    Lawyers and marriage equality campaigners hailed the decision as “courageous” in a state with a socially conservative tradition. Herring defeated his Republican opponent by only 165 votes in last November’s elections, when voters also chose a Democrat, Terry McAuliffe, as governor.

    …In an interview with National Public Radio, which first reported Herring’s decision, he said: “As attorney general, I cannot and will not defend laws that violate Virginians’ rights. The commonwealth will be siding with the plaintiffs in this case and with every other Virginia couple whose right to marry is being denied.”

    … Marriage equality advocates say the issue has a particular resonance in Virginia because of a landmark 1967 US supreme court decision that struck down its ban on interracial marriage.

    Mildred and Richard Loving had been married in Washington DC and were living in Virginia when police raided their home in 1958 and charged them with violating the state’s “racial integrity” law. They were convicted, but won at the supreme court.

    Herring referred to the case in his NPR interview: “There have been times in some key landmark cases where Virginia was on the wrong side, was on the wrong side of history and on the wrong side of the law,” he said. “And as attorney general, I’m going to make sure that the [people] presenting the state’s legal position on behalf of the people of Virginia are on the right side of history and on the right side of the law.”

  5. And a shout-out to our brave Virginia plaintiffs and to Republican Theodore Olson, who continues his heavy lifting for marriage equality: from the same Guardian story:

    The plaintiffs in the lawsuits are two couples: Timothy Bostic and Tony London, and Carol Schall and Mary Townley. Bostic and London applied for a marriage license at Norfolk’s circuit court clerk’s office in July 2013 but were turned down.

    Theodore Olson, the lead co-counsel for two of the Virginia plaintiffs, described it as a “ great day” for Virginia and said he looked forward to working with Herring to strike down the state’s “odious marriage ban”.

    Olson, who together with David Boies secured a historic victory in the supreme court in June last year which restored marriage equality in California, said: “Virginia’s marriage laws are needlessly mean-spirited and cause harsh and gratuitous pain and humiliation to gay and lesbian Virginians and their families.

    “Attorney General Herring’s actions today have brought Virginia that much closer to the quintessential American ideals of equality under the law and the freedom to pursue happiness.”

    dog, yer Virginia correspondent

  6. tempebev

    Ah, another shooting in a mall. I think the most interesting part of the story is reading the comment section after the article. Some people are rational; others are completely irrational. Others are questionable, but occasionally make good points. However, it’s a sad way to commit suicide by killing others in the process.

    • dnd

      You have no idea how tickled I am that AZ Republicans has adopted a resolution against John McCain as being too liberal. McCain is too liberal? That’s like saying Ted Cruz or Rand Paul is too liberal…

  7. 3 dead in shooting. One is just glad it is not a school.

    The mall and other public place shootings are getting out of hand. Having so many guns in the community is not making us safer.

  8. Good morning all, thought you might find this interesting!
    GOP Candidates Suddenly Find Love For Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

  9. The Jr. Senator has totally gone off his rack, he’s now saying Hillary shouldn’t be elected because of Monica, talk about a major asshole!

  10. Brian: stay safe with any ice storms today. You’re experienced with them; cannot say the same for your new neighbors.

  11. Let’s blog a little tonight during the SOTU. And I might chill the first champagne of the year. (Slept right through New Year’s Eve. Big whoop.)

    • dnd

      I was going to put up a homage to Pete Seeger, but I suppose that can wait until after the SOTU. I’ll put up a SOTU thread this afternoon.

      Let’s just say that if there were more people like Pete Seeger, the State of the Union would be a damn site better.

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