July 31, 2013
Virginia Democrats are calling on Governor Bob McDonnell to reimburse the state for his attorney fees.
Lawyers for the governor are asking the Commonwealth for $53,000. The legal bill is for their work in the case against former Executive Chef Todd Schneider.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli had to appoint lawyers to represent the governor since he cited a conflict of interest in the case.
The conflict surrounds the link connecting McDonnell and Cuccinelli to Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.
Charlottesville Delegate David Toscano says it is all at the taxpayers' expense.
"That's unfortunate, but the taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for it. And the attorney general and the governor should figure out a way to reimburse the general fund of the Commonwealth of Virginia the monies that are being paid."
Toscano says the governor should find a way to reimburse taxpayers, either through his political action committee or a legal defense fund.