Jury Didn’t Fall for McDonnells’ Farcical Defense

September 5, 2014

By Adele

Today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch said it all.

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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.


Maureen McDonnell Learns Karma’s a Bitch

August 11, 2014

By Adele

If you smell toast burning, it’s former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen as their corruption trial begins its third week.

We’ve heard from Jonnie Williams, the businessman at the center of it, who lavished cash and expensive gifts on the whole McDonnell family to buy endorsements for his tobacco-based dietary supplement, Anatabloc. Now Jonnie feels cheap and used.

We’ve also seen a parade of staffers who still seem to like Bob, but have nary a kind word for Virginia’s first lady.

Maureen’s been called a “nutbag” and a “screamer” who sometimes got so out of control, the governor’s security guys would come running to make sure Maureen wasn’t battering anybody.

She’s been accused of “insane ranting” when denied Williams’ gifts.

In pushing untested and unproven Anatabloc, Maureen went so far as to suggest to Ann Romney during the last presidential campaign that Anatabloc might cure her multiple sclerosis.

And Maureen was furious when she wasn’t given a paid directorship on Star Scientific’s board. She saw no conflict of interest.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has been on top of things, compiling a list of the evidence. Pictures of our Governor Gone Wild (some probably taken by Maureen) are worth checking out.

Many testifying who worked closely with the McDonnells say they had no idea to what extent Williams was being bled until they read it in the paper last year. Even the former chairman of Star was stunned when Williams finally ‘fessed up about how he’d been trying to buy off the governor.

Jon Stewart recently did an hilarious, spot-on segment, “The Giving Spree,” that explains it all. You may think it’s over the top, but it’s all true. You can’t make this stuff up.

And in the most bizarre twist yet, Maureen’s defense lies in proving she was totally enamored with Jonnie — who denies an affair, or even that he knew Maureen had the hots for him. They’re claiming Maureen hated her husband Bob SO MUCH, there’s no way she would have conspired with him to milk Jonnie for all he was worth.

She’s already destroyed Bob’s once-promising national political career. Why not throw him under the bus and run him over a few times now?

Bob’s only hope may be a sympathetic jury who recognizes the real criminal. If they’re unable to send Maureen to jail because she wasn’t an elected official, they may let Bob walk because he’s already got time served — as that monster’s husband.

Impossible as it may seem, the McDonnells have made Eric Cantor’s douchebaggery seem bush league when it comes to humiliating Virginia.


Maureen McDonnell Sinks Men Like a Female “Titanic”

January 22, 2014

By Adele

After it made national news last night, this morning’s Richmond Times-Dispatch print edition ran a 3-page story with this one-word headline in 2-inch type…

INDICTED

Virginia’s newly-defunct Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, and his wife, Maureen, are facing 14 felony counts of corruption, possibly 7-figure fines, and perhaps the rest of their lives in jail. They solicited a jaw-dropping array of cash and goods from a businessman named Jonnie Williams, whom they used to call a “family friend,” and whom they helped to make the former CEO of Star Scientific, thanks to their “friendship.”

But NOBODY in the media, nor anyone else in high places who’s expressed an opinion on this case has addressed the elephant in the room. So let this cat be the first to say it…

Maureen McDonnell’s personal relationship with Jonnie Williams doesn’t pass the smell test.

Their acquaintance seemed to begin well before McDonnell became governor back in 2009, because when she needed an inaugural gown, Maureen asked Jonnie to buy it. Only after a state staffer insisted it wasn’t a good idea did Maureen back down and not accept the dress.

But that didn’t stop Maureen from asking Jonnie to fund a $15,000 NYC shopping spree he accompanied her on, where she bought Oscar de la Renta, Louis Vuitton, Armani, and other designer clothes, shoes, and accessories.

Or to ask Jonnie to buy husband Bob a $6,500 Rolex.

Or to ask Jonnie to let Bob borrow Jonnie’s Ferrari while the McDonnell family was staying at Jonnie’s getaway at Smith Mountain Lake resort.

Or to ask Jonnie for $50,000 to help with expenses.

Or to ask Jonnie to pay sums totaling $25,000 to help pay for her 2 daughters’ weddings.

Or to go on numerous out-of-state trips alone with Jonnie, ostensibly to raise the profile of his company’s diet supplement, Anatabloc.

In fact, it seems every time Maureen needed anything substantial, she didn’t ask her husband, but called Jonnie Williams.

You must see where I’m going with this. Does it sound like the behavior of a faithful wife, or something else?

While Maureen lied to investigators about all this and earned herself an obstruction charge, Bob McDonnell has consistently professed innocence, and insisted he didn’t break any laws (like Mitt Romney paid “every penny” of taxes he owed, after loopholes).

It’s true Bob wasn’t the one always asking for stuff. But he does appear to be a totally willing dupe, accepting whatever perks Maureen got Jonnie to send his way, possibly in exchange for granting her quality time with Jonnie.

Those perks included $7,500 in golf outings at various country clubs (without Jonnie), where Bob and his 2 sons put 3 golf bags, 2 sets of clubs, 2 pairs of shoes, and 6 golf shirts on Jonnie’s tab in the pro shop.

Bob accepted the Rolex. He drove Jonnie’s Ferrari. He took a $70,000 “loan” from Jonnie to bail out a failing real estate venture he had with his sister, and didn’t pay back a penny until it came out in the press.

While governor, Bob McDonnell let another man pay a huge chunk of 2 family weddings.

Does that sound like the behavior of a responsible husband and father? Bob McDonnell let Jonnie Williams be his sugar daddy.

Virginia law is extremely lax on what gifts politicians have to report, and it’s easily circumvented. For that gaping loophole, Virginia taxpayers are footing about $750,000 in legal fees McDonnell ran up for defense in this while he was governor. He had to get pricey outside counsel because his own attorney general, Ken “Cuckoo” Cuccinelli, had to recuse himself because he’d also been on the take from Jonnie Williams, but to a much lesser degree.

The only person we haven’t heard the first peep from is Jonnie Williams’ wife. How were she and Jonnie’s kids doing while he was lavishing gifts on Maureen McDonnell? Or when he had to step down as Star Scientific CEO in September 2013 because he was in so deep with the whole McDonnell family? What about his own family?

Not a peep.

The McDonnells are supposed to be arraigned Jan. 31. Remember that you read it first at Cats Working when Maureen’s skeletons start falling out of the closet and her true her relationship with Jonnie comes out.


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