Ex-Gov. McDonnell plays prank on new Gov. McAuliffe
Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Virginia
January 13th, 2014
03:54 PM ET
9 years ago

Ex-Gov. McDonnell plays prank on new Gov. McAuliffe

(CNN) - Newly-minted Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, who was sworn in on Saturday, said Monday that his predecessor left him a few presents at the Executive Mansion.

"(Former Gov. Bob) McDonnell left a few items for me," McAuliffe, a Democrat, said at his first Cabinet meeting. "One was pretty cute; he had an alarm clock hidden in a drawer."

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McAuliffe didn't say what time the alarm went off, but added he was already awake at the time.

"But the first lady was not up yet," he said, laughing.

"So I can't wait to call him today," McAuliffe continued. "I got to tell him you didn't beat me, but you got my wife up."

McAuliffe wasn't the first Virginia governor to get pranked by his predecessor. McDonnell told WRVA, a radio station in Richmond, in October that when he took office in 2010, former Gov. Tim Kaine had hidden cell phones around the mansion that would ring at different times.

"It was a great little trick, and it had us spooked for a couple of days before we found the cell phones," McDonnell said.

Going back even further, The Washington Post reported that when Kaine became Governor in 2006, he discovered a cardboard cutout of former Gov. Mark Warner in the shower.

Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    I can see the focus on Christie and the Bridgeghazi thing...but THIS is more important than the great enrollment data for the ACA that the Dept. of Health and Human Services released today?

    Once again, CNN proving that they fully ascribe to the idea that "if it's good news, it's not news."

    January 13, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    He should have left some of the money he stole

    January 13, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    My goodness, how funny, NOT.
    Shouldn't the va ginal probe governor be paying more attention to his friend, who is being sued for false advertising? After all, he was given money by another lying nobody who clinged to him.

    January 13, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. ShawnDH

    Let's see how much McDonnell is laughing when he tries to prank his bunkmate in prison.

    January 13, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. matthewqs

    This is hilarious if I was there I would've sprayed all my cans of axe body spray all over the room make him feel like a boss lady man #govtrickin #godblessthetroops #axe

    January 13, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. jgr

    These pranksters are getting wild and crazy in Virginia...next up is an audition for a gig on Saturday Night Live maybe?

    January 13, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |