Voters should demand ethics reforms, including a cap on gifts and a commission to enforce the laws.
Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli are lawyers surrounded by legal advisers. Yet they accepted lake house vacations and free catering services for a wedding and Thanksgiving dinner from a business executive and campaign donor. They failed to report those gifts, either because they employed legal loopholes as an excuse not to or conveniently forgot until the FBI began poking around asking awkward questions.
Constituents lacking in juris doctor degrees have no trouble understanding the conflict of interest their leaders allowed to fester. Indeed, most Virginians belong to professions or work for companies with explicit policies banning such graft.