July 30th, 2013
11:56 AM ET
1 year ago

Virginia's McDonnell giving it all back

Updated 7/30/2013 at 1:43pm

(CNN) – Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is giving back every tangible gift he received from a wealthy executive at the heart of a federal investigation, he said Tuesday.

McDonnell has already returned the $120,000 in loans he has personally received from the owner of a dietary supplement company, Jonnie Williams Sr. Now, McDonnell will be returning everything else, including a Rolex watch he received from Williams, McDonnell said in his monthly radio interview on WTOP radio.
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McDonnell: 'I'm not going anywhere'
July 24th, 2013
12:11 PM ET
1 year ago

McDonnell: 'I'm not going anywhere'

(CNN) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said he hasn't given any thought to resigning as he faces heat for gifts and loans he's received from a political donor in recent years.

"I'm not going anywhere. I love this job," the Republican said Wednesday, saying there had been some "very bad rumors" about his possible resignation. "There has been no consideration of that."
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McDonnell pays back loan money amid federal investigation
July 23rd, 2013
02:21 PM ET
1 year ago

McDonnell pays back loan money amid federal investigation

Updated at 7:26 p.m. ET on 7/23

(CNN) – Embattled Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Tuesday he was paying back more than $120,000 in loans amid federal and state investigations into gifts and financial contributions he received from a wealthy executive.

McDonnell, who has said he will not resign, added he was working toward advancing policy items in the final several months of his governorship.
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Virginia governor resignation would solve GOP problem, create another
July 23rd, 2013
07:51 AM ET
1 year 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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Candidates say embattled Virginia governor should consider resigning
July 20th, 2013
02:58 PM ET
1 year ago

Candidates say embattled Virginia governor should consider resigning

Updated at 3:00 p.m. ET on 7/20

(CNN) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell should consider resigning in the face of federal and state investigations into lavish gifts he and his family received from a wealthy executive, the two men running to succeed McDonnell said during a debate Saturday.

Neither of the candidates, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, issued an outright call for McDonnell to leave office when asked about the controversy by the debate’s moderator. But both said he should at least contemplate stepping down.
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Virginia governor scandal: 'That's not the guy we know'
July 17th, 2013
08:32 AM ET
1 year ago

Virginia governor scandal: 'That's not the guy we know'

Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - This southern city is a tranquil place in the summertime.

The steamy downtown streets and grand boulevards that radiate outward from the old Confederate capital are less choked as families seek shelter from the heat and clear out of town for jaunts to the beach or the river.

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Virginia governor's poll numbers decline amid allegations
July 17th, 2013
07:02 AM ET
1 year ago

Virginia governor's poll numbers decline amid allegations

Washington (CNN) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, once considered a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, continues to see his poll numbers decline amid a deepening gifts controversy.

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning, McDonnell's approval rating among Virginia voters now stands at 46%, down from 49% in May and 53% in March. And his disapproval rating has jumped from 28% in May to 37% now. The 46% approval rating for McDonnell is an all-time low in Quinnipiac polling, and is down dramatically from his all-time high of 62% back in October 2011.
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McDonnell points to 'irresponsible' rumors
July 10th, 2013
02:37 PM ET
1 year ago

McDonnell points to 'irresponsible' rumors

(CNN) – Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia sharply tamped down rumors that he may be resigning as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

"I don't know where these things come up. Some of the press accounts have just been completely out of control about rumors, about resignation, so forth," he told CNN affiliate WTVR in an interview that ran Tuesday.
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New allegations against McDonnell emerge
July 10th, 2013
09:43 AM ET
1 year ago

New allegations against McDonnell emerge

(CNN) – As Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell faces mounting pressure over his ties with a top political donor, a new report details more potentially damaging claims involving the governor and undisclosed donations.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that businessman Jonnie R. Williams gave $70,000 to a corporation owned by McDonnell and his sister last year, on top of a $50,000 check to McDonnell's wife, Maureen, two years ago, according to people with knowledge of the payments.
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McDonnell denies wrongdoing in mansion controversy
July 9th, 2013
11:33 AM ET
1 year ago

McDonnell denies wrongdoing in mansion controversy

(CNN) – Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell pushed back against allegations Tuesday that he improperly used resources from the Executive Mansion, saying he follows the same rules as former Virginia governors.

The Republican also denied that a company owned by one of his political donor's has received preferential treatment from the commonwealth.
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