Interesting story from the Washington Post on Sunday: Did you know, Virginia taxpayers, that you’ve been paying for Gov. Bob’s deoderant? And “sleep inducing elixirs?’ And ‘detox cleanses?’ (I wonder if he bought the latter from my old blue-blooded Virginian roommate, Moonman, who now sells those from his mountain-top lair in New Mexico).
What with all the personal errands they’ve been having state employees run for them, it sounds like the McDonnell’s are going to have a rough transition back into the real world, come January. Golly, they might have to pick up their own drying cleaning!
From the Washington Post:
The McDonnells have billed the state for body wash, sunscreen, dog vitamins and a digestive system “detox cleanse,” the records show. They also have used state employees to run personal errands for their adult children. In the middle of a workday, for example, a staffer retrieved Rachel McDonnell’s newly hemmed pants at a tailoring shop nine miles from the governor’s mansion. Another time, a state worker was dispatched to a dry cleaner 20 miles away to pick up a storage box for Cailin McDonnell’s wedding dress.
About six months into the governor’s term, the official who oversees mansion spending told the McDonnells that they should not have charged taxpayers for a number of expenses, including deodorant, shoe repairs and dry-cleaning their children’s clothing. The official asked the McDonnells to pay the state back more than $300, which they did, and also gave them a refresher on what the state will and won’t provide for occupants of the governor’s mansion.
But since that time, state records show that the McDonnells have continued to let taxpayers pick up the tab for numerous personal items, including vitamins, nasal spray and sleep-inducing elixirs.
I reckon among the many nice things you can say about Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, is that he’s hasn’t been ordering diarrhea potions, either on or off the taxpayers tab.