Today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch said it all.
Virginia’s previous governor, Bob McDonnell, and his wife, Maureen, got the ultimate smack-down from the people they were chosen to serve, convicted on every felony charge of corruption and obstruction of justice.
In 2009, Virginia voters were subjected to an ad campaign where McDonnell tried to pass his family off as 21st century Cleavers, only to watch him on the witness stand today flaying his wife alive in a futile attempt to save his own neck.
That Maureen sat in court for 5 weeks listening to herself being vilified by her husband and nearly every witness for the prosecution AND defense only reinforced her willing complicity in the sham defense, which was that she hates Bob so much, they couldn’t have possibly conspired in corruption.
What was more disgusting than seeing their unbridled sense of entitlement exposed was their cynical pact to convince the world they’re estranged, even as evidence piled up that Bob reveled in the perks of his wife’s indecent liaison with businessman Jonnie Williams every bit as much as she did.
Yeah, you read that right. No one dared say it during the trial, but what do we look like? Kittens? I don’t believe there’s any way Maureen felt free to milk Jonnie every time she wanted some cream unless she believed she’d earned it. And servicing Maureen was the surest and cheapest thing Jonnie could do to keep her coming back for more until he got what he wanted.
McDonnell’s lawyer keeps insisting, “Jonnie got nothing from Bob.”
Baloney. Perhaps nobody else would touch Jonnie’s dodgy tobacco-based miracle cure, Anatabloc, but Jonnie got plenty — if the devotion of a pathological “nutbag” could be considered a reward.
In the end, Jonnie walks away with immunity from prosecution for anything, and the McDonnells get sentenced in January. They face 30 years in the slammer, but “experts” say they may do 2-5 years tops, or get the whole mess thrown out on appeal.
Bob and Maureen separately sobbed in the courtroom as all their guilty verdicts were read. But it probably wasn’t out of remorse for what they’d done, but for seeing the door of opportunity to continue doing it slammed in their faces.
They’ve dragged Virginia through the mud with their trailer-trash behavior, and insulted Virginia’s intelligence in how they tried to justify it. They deserve the harshest penalty the court can throw at them.