McDonnell mum on gift items

RICHMOND, virtual assistant. Gov. Bob McDonnell is not posting comments on a $6,500 Rolex watch that printed reports say he received from a major campaign donor who has lavished his family with thousands of dollars worth of gifts he has not disclosed publicly.

When asked on his monthly radio show Thursday about this wrist watch, McDonnell cited ongoing federal and state criminal inspections in declining to comment. The new york Post reports the watch was purchased by Jonnie Williams, Chief executive of nutritional supplement maker Star Scientific Inc.

I would say to everybody is that I wish that I could say more info on this, But given the reviews that are being done, That probably all I can say at this moment, McDonnell said on Richmond WRVA advertising.

McDonnell called the anonymously sourced reports false and mistaken, But didn specify what about them he viewed as less than accurate. He noted the six months remaining on the single term Virginia allows him and implementation of getting around funding reforms that will increases some taxes when they take effect July 1 as well as education reforms.

Got a lot that I want to do and I not going to be distracted by anonymous sources and naysayers, he explained.

He voiced qualified but unspecific support for updating state financialdisclosure laws that publicinterest organizations rank being among the most porous in the nation. He said perhaps the definitions of the law need to be clarified to lose exemptions such as those he invokes in refusing to disclose gifts he and his family received from Williams.

McDonnell first was the target of scrutiny after reports that Williams had given his daughter, Cailin, one specific $15,000 check that she used to help pay the catering bill for her Executive Mansion wedding in June 2011. McDonnell justified not reporting it on the statement of economic interest filed in January 2012 by noting that state law requires only gifts with the officeholders to be disclosed.

State law also exempts gifts to public officials from close family or close friends. McDonnell has said he considers Williams as a personal friend, A variance that could cover his decision not to report the Rolex watch as a gift.

The Post also reported that Williams purchased the watch for First Lady Maureen McDonnell at her bit of advice during a shopping spree in New York so that she could give the watch to her husband.

McDonnell said changing the law to close the familyandfriends loophole in the Virginia conflictofinterest reporting laws could become unrealistic or unrestrainable.

remains to the officeholder, i know, To determine under the very little law that is out there some of it going back to 30yearold attorney general opinions whether or not something should or should not be disclosed, McDonnell said.

The governor noted that he has five adult children, incorporating a married 32yearold Armyveteran daughter who lives in Virginia Beach. Don have much of an idea about what she gets for Christmas or her birthday, So I think that might be (one) awkward. Duty to impose on any officeholder to be aware what their adult children, in particular, growing, But there will probably be some other appropriate limits for children who live in the house, he explained.

He noted that a Richmond prosecutor is reviewing his required economic disclosure forms and said he amend them to disclose unreported gifts if any omissions are deemed improper.

McDonnell expressed inconvenience over the continuing reports about large, Unreported gifts and a parallel enquiry into operations of the Executive Mansion kitchen that resulted in theft charges against the mansion former chef, Todd Schneider. In defense routines filed in Richmond Circuit Court, Schneider alleges that members of McDonnell family took statepurchased items for their personal use from the kitchen, And contends he was told to do likewise as pay out for private catering services he performed.

Don mind it myself. occasionally the price the attacks on my kids and my wife, in particular, he was quoted saying.

He closed his onair discussion of the trouble with an allusion to the Jesus Christ: There only one optimal man. He was alive 2,000 these days. 2013 The accompanied Press. This material may not be published, transmit, Rewritten or possibly redistributed.

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