Robert Francis “Bob” McDonnell was born on the 15th of June in 1954. He currently is serving as an active Republican politician. He held the position of the 71st Governor of Virginia and one time also was on the executive committee of the Republican Governors Association. McDonnell was a lieutenant colonel in the US Army during his early years of service. He served from 1992 to 2006 as part of the Virginia House of Delegates and from 2006 to 2009 was Attorney General of Virginia.
In recent years, it has not been all good news for the McDonnell family as they have been at the center of several legal investigations. The first instance was in June 2013, when McDonnell and his wife were called out in a Washington Post article about supposed improper spending of funds. The claims were that they used the money for energy drinks, dog food, and diet treatments and products. After the report was initially made, a McDonnell spokesman said that the energy drinks were part of the normal breakfast routine and were therefore allowed as normal living expenses. No real explanation was made for the other supposed purchases.
The woes were not over for the McDonnell family. In July 2013, the Washington Post ran a report article claiming that Bob McDonnell was in financial trouble again. According to the article, the family had to reimburse the state about $2,400 because the governor’s children, Sean, Bobby, and Rachel, had taken food and other items from the Executive Mansion to use at their college dorms. This was just another instance where the governor’s family was called out on their management of finances and resources.
The most recent news surrounding Bob McDonnell unfortunately has not been any better than recent scandals and investigations. On January 21, 2014, the McDonnell’s were indicted on several instances of federal corruption charges. This came after federal investigations examined money and gifts that governor McDonnell received from a political donor. At the end of the investigation, Robert and his wife faced fourteen different charges, for the more than $135,000 that they accepted. The money came from loans, gifts, trip vouchers and other gifts. McDonnell has now made claims that he has repaid $120,000 and apologized about the incident an for bringing a bad light to the state of Virginia. McDonnell has continued to insist that he did not break the law and promises to fight the false claims and allegations to restore his good name.
Only time will tell how much work McDonnell has to clear his name and how much damage has already been done. “McDonnell, 59, is the first governor ever to face criminal charges in Virginia, a state that has prided itself on a history of clean and ethical politics, and the charges will probably accelerate a push for the legislature to tighten state ethics laws. The criminal prosecution marks a stunning crash for a politician who was considered for the Republican vice presidential nomination in 2012 and who, just a year ago, was considered a credible prospective candidate for president. ” (Washington Post).