"Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Friday vetoed a bill passed unanimously by the General Assembly that would have barred him from accepting donations from anyone seeking grants from an economic-development fund he controls.
The multimillion-dollar Governor’s Opportunity Fund provides cash grants and loans to companies that maintain or create jobs in the state. A ban would have blocked contributions or gifts worth more than $50 from applicants, but McAuliffe said more time was needed to avoid compromising applicants’ confidentiality." Washpost
The really amusing thing about this is that former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife are now indicted in federal court for accepting gifts from a businessman who seems to have skillfully exploited the wife's emotional frailty when she was faced with the coldly cordial face of Richmond society.
McAuliffe has come on ill times. The Republican super majority in the lower house of the General Assembly scorns his efforts to expand Medicaid and waits in evident eager anticipation for some extra-legal attempt on his part to do so. He has attempted to use the techniques of what Lynn Sweet calls his perpetual traveling political tailgate party to move the House of Delegates (or at least intimidate it). Thus far, this has been a total failure. IMO the pleasure derived in the legislature from screwing McAulliffe far outweighs whatever political threat his electoral efforts might pose.
Richmond (the capital of Virginia as opposed to the heavily Black city) has always been an odd place. The inbred gentry of the city are instinctively scornful of outsiders. This is an old, old story. Varina Davis, wife of you know who, was described by society ladies, as "that western woman." That kind of attitude has not changed much in the last 150 years. It takes a lot of effort on the part of people like Mark Warner to gain acceptance. McAuliffe is a welcome target of opportunity.
Republican newcomers generally do not do much better. Out of state Republicans have made attempts recently to "take over" the state GOP. Their efforts have been uniformly unsuccessful. Ed Gillespie is running for the senate here? My. My. pl