RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — Former Governor Bob McDonnell may be out of office, but his ongoing gift scandal is still a topic of political conversation.
Published reports say McDonnell still could potentially be indicted for receiving over $100,000 worth of gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.
“McDonnell’s legacy leaving office is certainly one of the most uncertain I have ever scene,” Dr. Bob Holsworth, CBS 6 political analyst, said.
Newly sworn in Governor Terry McAuliffe, on his first day in office, appears resolute to not repeat any of McDonnell’s past “mistakes.”
Ours after his swearing in, McAuliffe signed his second executive order, banning any member of his family or his administration from accepting gifts over $100.
The executive order also establishes an ethics oversight commission, which will come at a taxpayer cost of $100,000.
While the McAuliffe executive order only applies to members of the executive branch, legislation is working its way through the General Assembly that could ban gifts to any Virginia official worth more than $250.