Virginia’s first lady Maureen McDonnell, as it turns out, twice purchased thousands of shares of stock in Star Scientific, a spokesman for McDonnell’s legal team confirmed on Friday night. Governor Bob McDonnell’s friendship with Jonnie R. Williams Sr, CEO of Star Scientific, afforded Williams access to the apex of political power in that state.
McDonnell and his family were provided with a taste of the good life, including an engraved Rolex watch, a $15,000 wedding, a $15,000 shopping spree at Bergdorf Goodman, and other lavish gifts which he did not disclose. This does not include the ones he did disclose which includes a $25,000 trip to Puerto Rico.
The Governor who pushed for mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds for women, is being probed and so is his wife. Ah, sweet, sweet karma.
The Washington Post reports:
The stock was bought and held in the same time frame that she and Gov. Robert F. McDonnell were taking steps to promote the dietary supplement company.
Spokesman Rich Galen said the first lady did not inform the governor either time she purchased stock, which Galen said she bought for herself and her children.
McDonnell’s relationship with Jonnie R. Williams Sr., the chief executive of Star Scientific, is now at the center of ongoing federal and state investigations.
The relationship has been the subject of intense public scrutiny for months, but this is the first indication that the governor’s family held a personal financial stake in the success of the struggling supplement company.
Any evidence that the governor acted in an official capacity to indirectly help his own interest in a company could increase his legal jeopardy in a potential criminal case. Persons with knowledge of the case have said Williams is cooperating with investigators.
How does it feel Governor, to have your wife probed? The government is now all up in that.
More at Washpo.