Virginia lawmakers react to McDonnell conviction

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, is mobbed by media as he gets into a car with his son, Bobby, right, after he and his wife, former first lady Maureen McDonnell, were convicted on multiple counts of corruption at Federal Court in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. A federal jury in Richmond convicted Bob McDonnell of 11 of the 13 counts he faced; Maureen McDonnell was convicted of nine of the 13 counts she had faced. Sentencing was scheduled for Jan. 6. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va, (WAVY) — Virginia lawmakers are speaking out after former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted on corruption, fraud and bribery charges Thursday afternoon.

You’ll find a complete breakdown of the verdict on each count, at this link:

Governor Terry McAuliffe:

I am deeply saddened by the events of the trial that ended in today’s verdict, and the impact it has had on our Commonwealth’s reputation for honesty and clean government … Dorothy and I will continue to pray for the McDonnell family and for everyone who was affected by this trial.

Congressman Bobby Scott:

This is a sad day in the history of our Commonwealth. Today’s verdict will require Congress to clarify the exact meaning of ‘honest services’ and will encourage state legislatures to adopt meaningful gift bans. My thoughts and prayers are with Bob and Maureen McDonnell and their children.

House Speaker William J. Howell:

This is a sad day for Virginia. I have known Bob McDonnell for a long time and consider him a very good friend of mine. He spent 38 years in public service and his record as Governor speaks for itself. I believe in the justice system and I am not going second guess the jury. The jury rendered its verdict and the McDonnells have an opportunity to appeal. That’s the way the system works. I am proud to call Bob McDonnell my friend and I pray for him and his family during this difficult time.

Attorney General Mark R. Herring:

We have a long way to go to restore the public’s trust after this embarrassing and difficult period for the Commonwealth of Virginia. If there was somehow still any doubt, it should be crystal clear that the people of Virginia deserve real ethics reform that will turn off the spigot of gifts, tickets, and trips that opens the door to abuse and undermines public confidence in our government. That’s why on the day I was sworn in I implemented a strict gift ban and ethics policy for the Office of the Attorney General. It applies to me, my family, and employees and it says no gifts worth $25 or more, no more than $100 from any person in a year, and it doesn’t distinguish between tangible and intangible gifts. In the upcoming legislative session, I hope the General Assembly will move much closer to the gift bans that Governor McAuliffe and I have implemented.

Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms:

It is unbelievable. It is a sad day for Bob, a sad day for his family and a sad day for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The one thing I feel good about is that the jury did listen to my testimony. I was sent up there because they had said he did something illegal on his financial statements and he was not guilty on that.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner:

The jury has spoken. This is a sad day for Virginia. I have known and worked with Bob McDonnell for more than 20 years, and my thoughts today are with Bob, Maureen, and their children. I urge all Virginians to keep the McDonnell family in their prayers.

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