Grand jury empaneled to investigate Va. Gov. Bob "Ultrasound" McDonnell (R), who is dodging questions


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Governor Bob’s excellent adventures are in full swing. It all started with Gov. “Ultrasound” McDonnell’s “improper use of government money, facilities, and power for the personal enrichment of friends.” That one was all about who paid for his daughter’s wedding at the governor’s mansion and questions about a possible (read: probable) quid pro quo. The FBI is investigating the relationship between the Virginia governor, his wife, and a major campaign donor.

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The donor was Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. whose gifts to and acceptance by McDonnell and state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli have been under scrutiny.

Things just got more interesting. WaPo:

A Virginia state delegate has confirmed that he’s been called to appear next month as a witness before a federal grand jury as part of an investigation related to Gov. Robert F. McDonnell.... [FBI] agents are exploring whether McDonnell assisted the [dietary supplement] company in exchange for gifts. [...]

[State delegate Del. David Ramadan (R-Loudoun)], a jeweler and friend of the governor’s, confirmed that he has been asked to testify before a grand jury in July to provide information that appeared to relate to McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

Ramadan declined to say whether he has ever provided other gifts to members of the McDonnell family, including Mrs. Ultrasound.

Of course, Gov. Ultrasound is ducking and bobbing and weaving, doing his best Michele Bachmann and Sharron Angle  impressions. Via the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

After speaking for roughly 20 minutes at the annual gathering of Virginia business leaders and elected officials in Fairfax County, McDonnell was hurried into an elevator as television and newspaper reporters tried to get him to stop and answer questions regarding the probe.

"I really can't. I came to talk about transportation and business," McDonnell said, as he stood behind aides and security in the back of an elevator at the Ritz-Carlton. "I really can't talk about it."

McDonnell had avoided questions earlier upon his arrival and was seated at the head table.

Remember when he was the Republican's go-to guy? Their golden boy? The up-and-comer who they chose to rebut President Obama's State of the Union Address?

Well look at the time! It's GOP reinvention o'clock again...

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  • Dave_Harris

    This is a guy who claims it's 'communism' to collect taxes to fix the roads, but it's perfectly OK for the government to insert things into women's bodies for no medical reason. And, of course, stealing anything that's not nailed down is just fine for him, because he's so much holier than us.

  • Oh noes! A felon in our midst! Oh but I kid, Chris.

  • Chris Herz

    Democrats are the ones who are lazy, smug and indifferent. They mess on Roosevelt's grave every day as they struggle behind the Republicans saying "me too, me too."
    I go to jail regularly for my work so you know where you can go with your smug claims.

  • jaycubed

    There is a huge difference between the European Greens and American Greens. American Greens are little different from Libertarian Party members, they spend their time & energy on exhibitionist public masturbating, stimulating only themselves, disengaged from the real world political process and considering themselves better than those who do engage because they "refuse to compromise".

    The European Greens actually play the game. They work as an organization, develop candidates, have them develop experience in real (albeit initially small) public roles, then work the system for money & support so that they can actually win elections and have a positive impact on politics & governance.

    That is why European Green Parties have actually elected people to high office, 46 members of the European Parliament at present. Not a single Green has ever been elected to Congress.

    Most American Greens are elected to non-partisan local positions with little support from other than local members. While this is a good start, such office holders are found in only a few communities that are historically progressive. Little has been done to spread the party outside of such already safe areas.

    The American Green Party has had such a little impact because so many who identify themselves as Greens are lazy, smug & self-righteous. They are not really serious about getting themselves dirty in the real world of both politics & governance. They are political poseurs.

  • Chris Herz

    It is almost as much fun to po Obamabots as on Tea Baggers!

  • jaycubed

    It's a real choice, even if the options are getting raped and then forced to have the baby - The Republicans - or getting seduced and screwed with a rubber & some lube & some money left on the nightstand - The Democrats.

    One is better than the other, even if neither are what you really want.

  • jaycubed

    At least you didn't have to vote for someone with the slightest chance of winning, just so you could feel smugly superior to those who did some research & soul searching and voted for what they saw as the lesser evil. In most elections voting "straight Green ticket" is the equivalent of voting a straight Republican ticket.

    Your "vote" was essentially an endorsement of the scumbags who won.

    Until you have viable candidates, which typically means someone with experience & a record in real world politics, your actions are anti-progressive. If you really want to have viable Green Party candidates you need to start with local races and the footwork that that requires.

    But Greens feel so entitled that they run candidates for President, Congress & Governor without ever bothering with competing for State Assemblies, City Councils & School Boards where they could develop their abilities & show their potential.

  • Chris Herz

    "Money is the mother's milk of politics." . . . . the late Speaker Tip O'Neill

    Corruption is near-universal among the personnel of both factions of the Corporate Party. I voted straight Green ticket, leaving blank choices where there were no third party candidates listed.

    At least I did not have to vote for evil, even the lesser evil.

  • Don't vote Republican is a false choice. If you vote Democratic, you are still voting for evil. It doesn't matter who is in charge, the state government will still suck the taxes out of prosperous Northern Virginia and waste the money in other parts of the state. To add insult to injury, they forced Northern Virginia to build an above ground subway that destroyed the quality of life.

  • Jason Rowe

    A GOP "government so small, I can suffocate it in my wallet" stalwart, being investigated for corruption. Dear America: Don't vote Republican; "Conservative" is code for "I'm getting mine, f**k you," and by "you" they mean YOU. kthxbye