McDonnell’s defense

January 22, 2014

Everyone does it:

Confirming as much, Governor McDonnell’s predecessor, Democratic Governor Tim Kaine, likewise received substantial gifts while in state office. Mr. Kaine also served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and now represents Virginia in the United States Senate. The Virginia Public Access Project reveals that Mr. Kaine received $186,899 in gifts and travel, including Redskins tickets, cases of wine, and other similar benefits since 2001. That includes “an $18,000 Caribbean vacation” on the island of “Mustique—a private island playground for rock stars and royalty” that “was paid for by Albemarle County investor James B. Murray Jr.,” and which helped put Mr. Kaine “atop the list of Virginia elected officials who in 2005 accepted nearly $315,000 in gifts, trips, concert tickets and other gratuities from corporations, interest groups and wealthy persons.” Unlike Governor McDonnell, Senator Kaine has never been falsely accused of committing a federal crime, even though he conferred far more substantial government benefits on his benefactors than anything alleged here. For example, he reappointed James B. Murray, Jr.—the person who gave him the Caribbean vacation, as well as $41,000 in campaign donations—to the Virginia Commission on Higher Education Board Appointments, “which helps the governor vet candidates for much-sought-after slots on the boards that run Virginia’s state-supported colleges and universities.” Similarly, “in 2006, Kaine received gifts worth $3,237 for travel to the Northern Neck, Virginia horse country and the Shenandoah Valley from E. Scott Kasprowicz, a former telecom executive whom Kaine just happened to name as deputy secretary of transportation that very year.”

3 Responses to McDonnell’s defense

  1. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 22, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Everyone does it, which is why gov’t is a drag on society and needs to be constantly restrained.
    Here’s another question: if everyone does it, is the punishment pretty equal? Does it matter whether you are a corrupt Dem or a corrupt RINO?

    • allie on January 22, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      Is the punishment equal for a democrat or republican? Silly question, of course NOT. Democrats are NEVER held to the same standards as republicans. Corruption is accepted by too many people today. I also think that too many politicians, regardless of party, are too quick to take advantage (social and financial) of their offices at the expense of the general public. That is why their approval is so low, deservedly so in my opinion.

  2. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 22, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Interesting sidelight on ObamaCare.
    Last Wednesday, Scott Gottlieb and I debated Jonathan Chait and Douglas Kamerow on this proposition: “Resolved: Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue.” I was feeling a little trepid, for three reasons: First, I’ve never done any formal debate; second, the resolution gave the “for” side a built-in handicap, as the “against” side just had to prove that Obamacare might not be completely beyond rescue; and third, we were debating on the Upper West Side. Now, I grew up on the Upper West Side and love it dearly. But for this particular resolution, it’s about the unfriendliest territory this side of Pyongyang.

    Nonetheless, I greatly enjoyed the debate. I’m not ashamed to admit that the other side had a lot of powerful moments…. Given the various difficulties, we went in assuming that we would lose, so we were pretty surprised and pleased when we won.