Now that Governor Bob McDonnell’s reign has come to an end, he is explaining Giftgate. McDonnell went on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and explained that he didn’t abuse his power when accepting gifts from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of Star Scientific, a company that promotes a healthy metabolism and lifestyle. For the past few months, there has been an investigation into the personal life of his family and his relationship with the very wealthy political donor and businessman in Virginia.
McDonnell admitted that he accepted more than $150,000 in gifts from Jonnie Williams, including accessories like Rolex watches, wedding and engagement presents for his daughters, and a shopping spree for his wife, Maureen .He knows that this scandal contributed to his loss of credibility and ended up returning all of the money to Williams, but not after the damage was already done.
In an article published by TPM Livewire McDonnell said, “Some of the things that have been written have been either inaccurate or unfair or one-sided, and there will be a time for me to comment on that.”
With Terry McAuliffe about to take over for the state, does it even matter that McDonnell speaks about all of this now? McAuliffe has a lot of work to do to win over the hearts of Virginians after the scandals plaguing the governorship. Terry McAuliffe is already not very well liked and he cannot afford to lose his credibility. If he can capitalize on the issues that McDonnell wasn’t able to, he can make a better name for himself in a state that is already skeptical about him.