McDonnell Scandal Wreaks Unprecedente...

McDonnell Scandal Wreaks Unprecedented Reputation Damage

There are 20 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Jul 18, 2013, titled McDonnell Scandal Wreaks Unprecedented Reputation Damage. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

The list of questionable financial moves by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell - from Rolexes to rental houses - is focusing unprecedented attention on his ethics.

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huck

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Jul 19, 2013
War on women and voter suppression, what goes around, comes around.
Fred

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Jul 19, 2013
A surplus for the state four years in a row, sounds like a winner to me!
sez you

Macomb, MI

#3 Jul 19, 2013
huck wrote:
War on women and voter suppression, what goes around, comes around.
You betcha, wait till Texas finds out the error of their ways.
Jamie

Palmyra, VA

#4 Jul 19, 2013
Beautifully written article (if you're a liberal moron). Sounds more like NBC29 and little Ed Sykes are promoting the left-wing agenda instead of remaining objective.
Buzz

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Jul 19, 2013
What have the Liberals done about Obama's scandals concerning his birth certificate, Fast and Furious, Benghazi fiasco, now the NSA leaks? Nothing but brushed them under the rug. Now it's flames to the republican for his scandals as the Liberal Media defines them. The pot calling the kettle black?
hondacivic

Staunton, VA

#6 Jul 19, 2013
Buzz wrote:
his birth certificate
That's all you had to say. You're still stuck on that?
tired of double standards

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Jul 19, 2013
Buzz wrote:
What have the Liberals done about Obama's scandals concerning his birth certificate, Fast and Furious, Benghazi fiasco, now the NSA leaks? Nothing but brushed them under the rug. Now it's flames to the republican for his scandals as the Liberal Media defines them. The pot calling the kettle black?
And don't forget his IRS fiasco....
hondacivic

Staunton, VA

#8 Jul 19, 2013
tired of double standards wrote:
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And don't forget his IRS fiasco....
Yes, the IRS fiasco. The one that Issa has said for months that he can tie it to the White House. Then yesterday he changed his tone, saying that people need to be careful with accusations, and let the facts tell the story. The same IRS scandal that testimony after testimony has said that there was no targeting for political reasons, including testimony from republican IRS agents. Yes that IRS scandal.
WVU

Purcellville, VA

#9 Jul 19, 2013
hondacivic wrote:
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Yes, the IRS fiasco. The one that Issa has said for months that he can tie it to the White House. Then yesterday he changed his tone, saying that people need to be careful with accusations, and let the facts tell the story. The same IRS scandal that testimony after testimony has said that there was no targeting for political reasons, including testimony from republican IRS agents. Yes that IRS scandal.
The IRS scandal was connected this week not just to the Washington office—that had been established—but to the office of the chief counsel. What landed was a bombshell and Democrats know it. Which is why they are so desperate to make the investigation go away. They know, as Republicans do, that the chief counsel of the IRS is one of only two Obama political appointees in the entire agency. House investigators soon talked to workers in the Cincinnati office, who said everything they did came from Washington. Elizabeth Hofacre, in charge of processing tea-party applications in Cincinnati, told investigators that her work was overseen and directed by a lawyer in the IRS Washington office named Carter Hull.

Now comes Mr. Hull's testimony. And like Ms. Hofacre, he pointed his finger upward. Mr. Hull—a 48-year IRS veteran and an expert on tax exemption law—told investigators that tea-party applications under his review were sent upstairs within the Washington office, at the direction of Lois Lerner.

So: What the IRS originally claimed was a rogue operation now reaches up not only to the Washington office, but into the office of the IRS chief counsel himself.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142412788...
queer corn

Perryman, MD

#10 Jul 19, 2013
Ha Ha... Good bye short stuff !
whatever

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Jul 19, 2013
Clear his good name? What a joke. Fund his legal defense? Go ahead and waste your money on someone that has plenty of money to fund his legal defense. This just proves how ignorant most people are.
hondacivic

Staunton, VA

#12 Jul 19, 2013
WVU wrote:
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The IRS scandal was connected this week not just to the Washington office—that had been established—but to the office of the chief counsel. What landed was a bombshell and Democrats know it. Which is why they are so desperate to make the investigation go away. They know, as Republicans do, that the chief counsel of the IRS is one of only two Obama political appointees in the entire agency. House investigators soon talked to workers in the Cincinnati office, who said everything they did came from Washington. Elizabeth Hofacre, in charge of processing tea-party applications in Cincinnati, told investigators that her work was overseen and directed by a lawyer in the IRS Washington office named Carter Hull.
Now comes Mr. Hull's testimony. And like Ms. Hofacre, he pointed his finger upward. Mr. Hull—a 48-year IRS veteran and an expert on tax exemption law—told investigators that tea-party applications under his review were sent upstairs within the Washington office, at the direction of Lois Lerner.
So: What the IRS originally claimed was a rogue operation now reaches up not only to the Washington office, but into the office of the IRS chief counsel himself.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142412788...
So you are basing your argument on an opinion piece written by Peggy Noonan. The same one who was a speechwriter for Reagan, worked for Bush Sr, and campaigned for Bush Jr?

She conviently left out other facts from testimony. She didn't mention the grilling of the IG about why the committee was not given the info that progressive groups were also targeted. She did mention the testimony of Ms. Hofacre and Mr. Hull, but for some reason she also left out other parts of their testimony.

Earlier at Thursday's hearing, two career IRS employees shot down the central premise of committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa's argument that the agency's targeting scandal was politically motivated.

Asked repeatedly whether they knew of anyone at the IRS with political motives to obstruct applications for tax-exempt status by conservative groups, the pair told the panel "no."

For his part, Issa insisted that the testimony from IRS veterans Elizabeth Hofacre and Carter Hull established that IRS officials in Washington played a major role in the targeting. The problem was broader than the earlier claim by Democrats that it was limited to the agency's Cincinnati office that handles tax-exempt applications, Issa said.

"We can today debunk the accusation that Cincinnati was, in fact, the story and that it never went to Washington, which it clearly did," the California Republican said.

However, his case was deflated by the unwavering insistence by Hofacre and Hull that they were unaware of any political motivation in the targeting or any influence from outside the IRS on extra scrutiny that delayed responses to applications.

In the memo Cummings made public Tuesday, IRS employees who identified themselves as Republicans, Democrats and independents said there was no political motivation or outside influence involved in the agency's handling of tax-exempt requests from groups with possible or likely political affiliations.

According to the memo, an IRS tax law specialist based in Washington who described herself as Republican said "no, not at all" when asked whether there was any evidence that the agency targeted Obama's political enemies.

"That's kind of laughable that people think that," the memo quoted the woman as saying.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/18/politics/irs-sc...


Hyprocrites

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Jul 19, 2013
He is quick to sign laws to curtail women right to choose while he lives like he is beyond the scope of laws.
Walking Tall

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Jul 19, 2013
The great weather man, Coconelli shall set him free
G Luv

Marietta, GA

#15 Jul 20, 2013
Jamie wrote:
Beautifully written article (if you're a liberal moron). Sounds more like NBC29 and little Ed Sykes are promoting the left-wing agenda instead of remaining objective.
:facepalm:
Julio

Faber, VA

#16 Jul 20, 2013
AND Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors President, Shaun Kenney, has called on McDonnell to resign!

"When you see these sort of things and you see $50,000 trips to New York City, when you see $70,000 loans,$6,500 Rolexes, I think that crosses the ethical plane," Kenney told Newsplex.

The governor allegedly accepted those gifts, and others, from family friend Jonnie Williams, the CEO of Star Scientific. McDonnell claims that he has not broken any reporting laws, and did not give special treatment to Williams or his company.

But Kenney said, "The bar for resignation isn't legal or illegal. It's not even ethical versus unethical. It's right or wrong."

"There's a lot of folks that are still in shock," said Kenney, a former strong supporter of McDonnell. "But when the smoke clears and you start looking at it for what it is, it's just not good. We should expect better of our public officials, regardless of their political party. I'm certain that there are other Republicans who feel this way,” he told Newsplex.
Beleiver Folks can Change

Dallas, GA

#17 Jul 20, 2013
Oh right. Shaun Kenney can sit on his high horse and slam McDonnell til the cows come home. But what about the miscarriage of justice Kenney is doing to the residents of Fluvanna County? He sits on the BOS and he or the other members have done nothing to benefit the taxpayers of the county. We the people keep getting raked over the hot coals and our "Do Goods" on our Boards keep digging our financial graves deeper. But they have time to sit and ponder and slam others. Get real people. Clean out your own offices before trying to soil others.
radish

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Jul 20, 2013
We are all pretty irritated about the bypass. It's such an embarassment that it hasn't been stopped. Perhaps it isn't too late for him to stand up against this travesty.
Don

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Jul 20, 2013
The governor has disgraced the office, assuming the national media is correct in its reporting of the graft he and his family have accepted.
1. He can resign now, and perhaps salvage some hope for his party, or
2. He can drag it on until November and kill his party for the next several election cycles.
Rachel Jeantel

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Jul 20, 2013
He is too arrogant to resign. He and his wife are pure white trash scum. Read the story about the VRS investment in Star Scientific that netted an 87K loss. They are blaming it on a computer, also Eric Cantor's wife is head of the VRS investment board. Connect the dots...I thought Tim Kaine was a weasel, but all he tried to do that made me mad was let a convicted double murderer go home to Germany.

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