Virginia governor resignation would solve GOP problem, create another
July 23rd, 2013
07:51 AM ET
9 months ago

Virginia governor resignation would solve GOP problem, create another

Washington (CNN) – The prospect of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell resigning as he copes with a federal investigation into the nearly $150,000 worth of lavish gifts the Republican and his family received from a wealthy executive is unlikely, people close to the governor insist.

Yet the topic remains a tantalizing conversation piece around Richmond these days, mainly because it would be an act without modern precedent.

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  1. Al-NY,NY

    Gov ultrasound will not leave but Culcinelii is toast. With his own party member calling him a ideologue, McCauliffe will win and bring some sense back to VA

    July 23, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Gov. McCorrupt can stay as long as he wants. All he's doing is hurting Ken Coochinelli's chances of winning.

    #VOTETERRY

    July 23, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Why is the prospect of resignation even being discussed here? McDonnell still has the confidence of the Republicans in the legislature, and real intent to skirt the law hasyet to be established. As much as I would love to see McDonnell get his comeuppance, there is still a process that has to be observed here, and if he he is guilty, I want to make sure the case is airtight. Besides, the man is gone come January.

    July 23, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    ...So last year, Cuccinelli's allies in the Republican Party re-wired the GOP's nominating process so that the 2013 gubernatorial nominee would be selected by convention instead of a primary. ...
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    Bob Cuccinelli is currently the GOP's candidate for governer. He changed the rules at the last minute so that he could claim the nomination over current Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. Cuccinelli is also being sucked into Gov. McDonnell's troubles with a campaign donor because the same donor also works with Cucccinnelli. Don't you just love Republican politics?

    July 23, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  5. Larry in Houston

    OMG – CNN – I would have never believed this out of McDonnell – I'm blown away – so to speak. . . I'm now wondering who they have, as far as a candidate for 2016 – The only one they have left, that is "sort of" moderate, would be Charlie criss / Christy / huntsman & the gov of Indiana. I cannot think of anyone else at this point in time. (Jindal ain't gonna make it)
    IF the republican ever have a chance at the W.H. in the next few yrs – they need to get somebody in their party who isn't an extreme right winger / nobody from the so called T party / . . . . I Mean They Really Need a Moderate !!!!
    The republican party needs someone who will respect & recognize women's rights / the gay thing / the abortion thing / and not let those issues keep driving them from getting a shot at the W.H. Otherwise their sunk. We need someone at the helm that doesn't let those type of issues be a deterrent to their party, including the person who is running for high office !!

    July 23, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Larry in Houston

    OMG – CNN – I would have never believed this out of McDonnell – I'm blown away – so to speak. . . I'm now wondering who they have, as far as a candidate for 2016 – The only one they have left, that is "sort of" moderate, would be Charlie criss / Christy / huntsman & the gov of Indiana. I cannot think of anyone else at this point in time. (Jindal ain't gonna make it)
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    Charlie Crist – Republicans all but kicked him out when he thanked Pres. Obama for the Stimulus. No chance.
    Chris Christie – Republicans blame him for Romney losing the election. No chance.
    Jon Huntsman – Republicans gave him the thumbs down when accepetd the ambassador post. No chance.

    Indiana Governer? Currently Mike Pence or formerly Mitch Daniels?
    Daniels won't run for family reasons, and being a former Bush economic advisor would lose a national race. No chance.
    Pence is just too much of an ideologue to win a national election, but he could win a nomination. Small chance.

    July 23, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Larry in Houston

    thnx rudy nyc – guess u r more informative than I am – anyway, good 2 know that info.

    July 23, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Data Driven

    Between McDonnell and Jackson, Cuccinelli is laboring under guilt by association, however indirect. As a result, McAuliffe now has an edge when normally he'd be behind. Good news for Virginia.

    And McDonnell will not taste the County Fair Corndogs of Summer in Iowa 2 years from now. Good news for America.

    July 23, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm all for solving one problem at a time, so I say RESIGN and let us handle whatever problems come as a result of your resignation in order of their appearance....should they ever surface.

    July 23, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |