UPDATE: McDonnell Spokesman: Rumors of Governor's Resignation 'False'

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July 8, 2013

A spokesman for Gov. Bob McDonnell says rumors swirling Saturday night that the governor would resign amid the gift-giving controversy are false.

McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin confirmed the rumors are false to CBS19 shortly after midnight Sunday.

Martin also responded to tweets asking about the resignation with a simple "It's False."

The director of UVa.'s Center for Politics Larry Sabato also tweeted saying "Gov. Bob McDonnell is not resigning. I have checked. That is official. Irresponsible rumors are wrong."

A blog post from a conservative blog called the Bearing Drift offered a cryptic post Saturday saying McDonnell would resign. The governor has been embroiled in a controversy over the past few months surrounding gifts he's received but hasn't reported, mostly from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. A federal and state investigation is looking into whether Williams or his company received any special treatment in exchange for the gifts.

Citing reports from two unnamed sources, blog author Willie Deutsch wrote, "The man who pushed out the RPV chairman over trumped up corruption charges while running for governor is currently in the middle of finalizing a plea agreement which includes his resignation as governor. More to come soon."

Deutsch updated the post to say he continues to hear from sources who confirm the plea agreement, but the governor's office stands by the statement that any rumors about the resignation are false.


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