Despite scandal, McDonnell receives his official governor portrait

Even Virginia governors whose financial relationships are being looked into by the FBI, gets official portraits. Photo: Unveiling of the official portrait

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, December 3, 2013 — The official portrait of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was unveiled today at the Library of Virginia, as the Governor prepares to exit state politics amid an ever increasing amount of scandal surrounding his time in office.

The portrait, which was beautifully done by one of Richmond’s most well known portraitures, Nancy Mauck, in water color on canvas, celebrates the history of the state: the bicentennial of the Governor’s Mansion, George Washington, and Governor Bob McDonnell, all celebrated together in the same place. One would expect it will be the last time.

Merely 4 years ago it seemed as though nothing could stop the Governor’s rise to national political success. His college thesis, which stated that “government policy should favor married couples over ‘cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators.’” and described women in professional positions as “detrimental” to the family, garnered him national attention.

After that he quickly found himself on TV, a lot. In 2009 he delivered the GOP response to the President’s State of the Union. In 2012 he was the Head of the Republican Governor’s Association. In the fall of that year, he was on everybody’s short list for Romney’s VP slot.

But then it came out that Governor Bob McDonnell had held his daughter’s wedding reception at the very same Governor’s Mansion that his portrait (and his wine, which you can buy on the Governor’s website) celebrates. Not only that, but he had allowed the $15,000 catering tab for that reception be covered by Jonnie R. Williams Sr.

And now, as it turns out, the FBI is very curious about many of the financial relations between Governor McDonnell and Mr. Williams. And, as it turns out, most of the GOP is very interested in not being associated with the one-term-wonder whose rise was as quick as his fall.

But at least the picture looks nice.


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Ryley J. Trahan is a writer and physics teacher in Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg Virginia, with undergraduate degrees in English and Physics. He loves comic books and super heroes. He also writes a blog about Physics in New Media.

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