Va. governor apologizes, repays loans to donor
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday he has repaid a major political donor more than $120,000 in loans to the governor's wife and a business McDonnell owns with his sister.
McDonnell's relationship and thousands of dollars in gifts he and his family received from the donor, Jonnie Williams, are at the center of state and federal investigations. No charges have been filed and the Republican governor has said he did nothing illegal.I'm certain that there were *technically* no laws broken, but SERIOUSLY? You took loans totaling over six figures from a campaign donor, and don't see anything wrong with that? While in the most technical sense - I guess because they were "loans" and were eventually (read: after they were discovered) paid back - they didn't *give* you anything, it certainly gives the appearance of impropriety.
Even better, it appears that the Republican candidate to replace McDonnell has *also* benefitted from a relationship with this same company. Great. Now, they're a manufacturer of "nutritional supplements", and as such aren't *technically* "Big Pharma", but still. Way to reinforce the image that the GOP are bought and paid for by Big Business, guys.
And this thinking is infuriating. "I did nothing illegal". While that may be true, the fact that you had to hire a freakin' legal team tells me you're splitting hairs so finely you're approaching fission here. Here's a friendly tip: If you have to hire a legal team to decide that nothing you did was technically illegal, think about how that looks to Joe SixPack in your state. While you may have stayed on the right side of the law, it certainly looks bad - and in today's world, perception is just as important (if not more so) than reality.
You know, I think I'd rather read about Weiner flashing his weiner than questionable loans from donors...
That is all.