Friday, July 12, 2013

VA Governor/Chef Scandal Suggests A Slogan

Eric Lach of TPM tells us about the scandal:
When he was the executive chef of Virginia’s governor’s mansion, Todd Schneider kept track of what the seven members of the state’s first family liked and didn’t like to eat. Schneider knew that Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) was a brussels sprouts man. He knew that the first lady, Maureen McDonnell, was partial to crab-seasoned popcorn. He knew that everyone liked bananas.

“I’m in heaven here,” Schneider told The Richmond Times-Dispatch in a July 2010 interview, while standing in front of a rosemary bush in the gubernatorial garden.

Three years later, Todd Schneider is far from heaven. Accused of taking property from the governor’s mansion kitchen, Schneider is facing several charges of embezzlement in Virginia court. At the same time, he has become a key player in the scandal swirling around the McDonnells and Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Revelations about the relationship between the McDonnell family, Cuccinelli, and a prominent political donor and businessman, Jonnie Williams Sr., have been trickling out for weeks. Williams, the CEO of a struggling dietary supplement company called Star Scientific, has given McDonnell tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funds over the years, as well as reportedly tens of thousands of dollars in undisclosed money and other gifts. The undisclosed funds are now at the center of federal and state investigations, according to The Washington Post.

And I tell you about the slogan, if you're willing to imagine an approximately 60-year-old sign in front of the Virginia governor's mansion:

OVER $10,000 SERVED!

Gawd, wouldn't it be great to see Cuccinelli go down!


  1. Hi, Steve, nice to see that you're still blogging away. Love the J. Stuart Mill quote. What has changed since 1866?

    1. Hi terrette! Good to see you! I've had plenty of time to blog since a) the bottom dropped out of the economy and b) they had to amputate my right leg below the knee last December. Despite those events, I'm hanging in there... physical therapy and a good prosthesis have worked wonders.

      As to 1866... many of the conservatives I know personally are actually not stupid, and some few of them are beginning to see that the current GOP is not in any meaningful sense conservative. But there are still plenty of stupid people out there who are willing to vote themselves into oblivion. Sigh.



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