No Jail for Bob and Maureen McDonnell

September 9, 2016

By Adele

Here’s what we woke up to this morning…

mcdonnell-vindicatedIn reality, not quite.

The Supreme Court unanimously threw out all corruption charges against Virginia’s former governor, Bob McDonnell (and his wife Maureen by implication, I suppose, although she caused the whole mess), and now they have been dropped. Neither one will ever serve a moment of their jail sentences, and they can put this sordid business behind them.

I’ve got nothing against Bob McDonnell. He seems basically decent, although he suffers from the mental paradox of Republicanism, being misogynistic and discriminatory while professing to be a devout Christian.

Bob’s sin was to look away while his wife emotionally attached herself to a sugar daddy named Jonnie Williams and sucked more than $177,000 out of him. It caught up with Bob when he directly benefited in the form of a Rolex watch, golf outings (with a pro shop shopping spree), vacations, and large contributions toward his side real estate business and his two daughters’ weddings.

The highest court in our justice system deemed that the McDonnells did nothing wrong by taking all this because they swore they provided essentially nothing in return. Anyone else caught making such a heist would probably be charged with stealing, but the McDonnell case has established that politicians are incapable of theft under any circumstances. Private interests may shovel unlimited amounts of cash and goodies their way in hopes that some pol will slip and show some gratitude – and not get caught.

The McDonnells may be technically finished with their legal ordeal, but they’ve got a long road ahead to redeem themselves as human beings.

Bob has been doing some charitable work and talks about doing more. He should now help the down-and-out people he would have assuredly crushed under his heel had he continued to rise in Republican politics.

There’s been no word, but I’m guessing Maureen hasn’t changed much. You know what they say: “Once a greedy bitch…”

But with Bob going around in sackcloth and ashes, she’s lost her bait to catch rich guys who need favors, so she may be forced to live within her means. Like the rest of us.


Jury Didn’t Fall for McDonnells’ Farcical Defense

September 5, 2014

By Adele

Today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch said it all.

McDonnellGuilty

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.


As the McDonnells Turn

July 31, 2014

By Adele

Cats Working smelled a rat when Virginia’s former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were indicted on 14 felony counts of corruption, primarily stemming from Maureen’s cozy relationship with Jonnie Williams, Sr., CEO of Star Scientific.

My prediction that skeletons would fall out of the closet has come to pass.

The trial began this week, and in his opening statement to jurors, Maureen’s lawyer said Maureen had a “crush” on Williams and considered him her favorite “playmate.”

It also came out that Maureen thought herself so neglected, she hated her husband, the governor.

During their indictment, the McDonnells held hands and put up a united front, but a judge has since refused to separate their trials. Now they come and go from court separately and sit apart with their own lawyers.

Maureen has refused to testify on Bob’s behalf, which isn’t surprising. Bitter, vindictive shrew seems the role she was born to play.

Jonnie Williams has been among the first witnesses, and he’s singing like a nightingale. He has broad immunity, apparently even from prosecution on unrelated financial crimes he may have committed.

In addition to landing her husband in the soup, Maureen helped Williams out of his job. Star asked him to step down as CEO, packed up and moved HQ from Virginia to Florida, and changed its name to Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals.

Williams is maintaining that he considered his relationship with the McDonnells purely business.

But before that, Williams’ former assistant, Jerri Fulkerson, testified, and the prosecution asked her point-blank if she suspected something more than business between Maureen and Williams. But the defense objected and Fulkerson didn’t have to answer.

That’s really the crux of the matter. Maureen’s reputation is already in shreds. She’s not an elected official. It was no crime for her to take a lover and expect him to lavish gifts on her and her family — if he was idiot enough to do it. Why pussy-foot around?

What may stick in Maureen’s craw now is Williams dispelling any doubt that he exploited her craving for attention to get to the governor.

What’s unclear is why anybody expects us to believe that Williams considered traveling to NYC and elsewhere with another man’s wife and dropping $20K on clothes and jewelry for her “business.” But he totally drew the line at performing a quick little act that would cost him nothing, yet cement their bond and probably make her feel obligated to help him get in good with the governor?

Did we all just fall off the turnip truck?

It appears that Bob McDonnell maxed out, and possibly overstepped, Virginia’s lax laws on accepting gifts, and turned a blind eye when his wife started acting like a cross between Lady Macbeth and a Desperate Housewife.

The sad fact is that Maureen may very well walk out of court a free woman, while Bob McDonnell gets dragged off to jail as the dupe for her execrable conduct.


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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