Gov. Bob McDonnell has come under all kinds of questioning lately about his relationship to Jonnie Williams, CEO of Star Scientific, a company that makes some kind of nutritional supplement from tobacco. Much of it focuses on the $15,000 in catering Williams covered for the governor’s daughter’s wedding, and the the nettlesome fact that McDonnell initially failed to disclose the gift.
This morning on a Richmond radio station, McDonnell explained why. It was a gift to his daughter — not him! Of course! Why didn’t we realize that before now?
Gov. Bob McDonnell says he always viewed a $15,000 check from a political backer to pay for catering at his daughter’s wedding to be a gift to his daughter, not to him, and felt no need under the law to report it.
I’m sure the FBI, which is investigating the case, will find this interesting. No doubt they will carefully scrutinize the payee line on that check. While the probe drags on, there’s an important lesson for us all to keep in mind: Invite Jonnie Williams to your daughter’s wedding! You might want to enclose the catering contract with the invitation.
(BTW McDonnell isn’t the only pol facing questions over “gifts” from Jonnie Williams.)
I wonder what Miss Manners would say?