Farewell Speech: McDonnell Apologizes to Assembly

By: AP
By: AP
Gov. Bob McDonnell has already apologized publicly for the gift scandal that

AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

January 9, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Bob McDonnell has already apologized publicly for the gift scandal that's engulfed his final year in office, but he did it directly to the General Assembly as one of his last acts while in office.

While addressing lawmakers on the first day of the 2014 legislative session Wednesday night, the outgoing Republican governor said he'd fallen short of the expectations he'd set for himself and that he was "deeply sorry" for the pain he had caused.

The governor is currently under federal and state investigation for accepting thousands of dollars' worth of gifts from former CEO Jonnie Williams of Star Scientific Inc., a dietary supplement maker. McDonnell has not been charged with any crime.


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