New revelations show Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell playing fast and loose with ethics while serving in the Commonwealth’s top job and also expose Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as an office holder who ignored and violated disclosure regulations while hiding his substantial involvement in a company favored by McDonnell and currently suing the state.
Cuccinelli, of course, wants to be the next governor of Virginia and the disclosures show he is just as corrupt of the man he wants to replace.
Stories in Sunday’s Washington Post document how McDonnell and his family have benefited from use of a corporate jet owned by shady company Star Scientific, accepted gifts from the company’s brass and even let the company pay for $15,000 in catering bills from the governor’s daughter’s wedding in 2011. He somehow forgot to list any of this on disclosure reports required under state law.
Cuccenelli, at the time, owned 5,060 shares of the company and bought 3,600 shares the same year that McDonnell got all the freebies from the company honchos. As Attorney General, Cuccenelli is supposed to be the top law enforcement officer in the state but he ignored and violated Virginia disclosure laws by hiding his share ownership, which topped the disclosure minimum of $10,000. His shares were, at the time, worth $19,000 but he managed to make them worth even more when he later sold 1,500 shares at a $7,000 profit.
McDonnell also violated disclosure laws by not listing the many gifts he received from Star Scientific folks. He wife has also spoke at events promoting a new and questionable dietary drug manufactured by the company. The drug does not have FDA approval and uses a key ingredient that is also found in cancer-causing tobacco.
In addition, Cuccinelli has not recused himself from the tax-based lawsuit filed against the commonwealth by Star Scientific and legal experts say his office appears to be sitting on its hands and doing little to fight it.
Bottom line: Both McDonnell and Cuccinelli are corrupt and crooks. Yet some in this area think he should be governor and others tout him as a potential vice presidential pick for 2016.
God help us.