Governor McDonnell Gives Final State Of The Commonwealth

Governor McDonnell Gives Final State Of The Commonwealth

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Governor Bob McDonnell has told members of the General Assembly he thinks they have accomplished a lot during the last four years. McDonnell’s final State of the Commonwealth address highlighted how well Virginia is faring compared to other parts of the country. He never referenced the Star Scientific company by name during his Wednesday speech, but McDonnell (pictured) apologized for anything that might have embarrassed Virginians. McDonnell received loans and gifts from the former president of Star Scientific, and he says he has since repaid or returned all of them. He also welcomed local State Senator Creigh Deeds back to the State Capitol and told his 2009 opponent in the Governor’s race, quoting now, “we love you.” Deeds face has visible scars from a November fight with his now deceased son Gus. State Senator Janet Howell of Reston provided the Democrats’ response to McDonnell.  McDonnell’s term will end Saturday, and Democrat Terry McAuliffe will become Virginia’s 72nd Governor.


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