Good grief. Are we ever going to get to the point at which we’re NOT learning about more expensive gifts that Jonnie R. Williams bought for Virginia’s first family?
Sunday’s Washington Post adds to a long ‘Gift-gate’ list that already included thousands of dollars in designer clothes, a $6,500 Rolex watch, catering for weddings, housing for a vacation and transportation by private jet.
Here’s what’s new:
• $7,500 in green fees and golf attire for the governor, his sons and staff members to hit the links at exclusive Richmond-area courses in the spring and summer of 2011;
• $7,400 worth of transportation and lodging for a summer 2012 stay at a seaside inn on Cape Cod;
• Plane tickets for one of the McDonnell’s daughter to fly to Florida with a friend as a graduate-school graduation gift;
• A $15,000 escorted tour of New York’s fashion district, which Williams bought at a charity auction for Maureen McDonnell (who has not redeemed it);
Taxpayers, incidentally, spent $3,000 for the governor’s security detail to accompany him and the missus on the Cape Cod trip.
Williams, meanwhile, sought reimbursement from Star Scientific for many of the gifts. That makes it look like the gifts were “business expenses” rather than largesse from a close personal friend.