Amid scandal, Va. governor visits Afghanistan

Jonnie Williams, Maureen McDonnell

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In the midst of a covert trip to Afghanistan to visit American troops, Gov. Bob McDonnell chose not to talk about gifts from a major political donor.

The Republican governor spoke with The Associated Press by telephone on Wednesday from Kabul, Afghanistan. The governor says there will be a time to talk about the thousands of dollars in gifts when he returns.

He continued to apologize for loans the donor made to the governor’s wife and a business McDonnell owns with his sister.

McDonnell said Tuesday he had repaid more than $124,000 in loans from Jonnie Williams, who is the chief executive of troubled Virginia nutritional supplements maker Star Scientific Inc.

McDonnell met with U.S. military commanders in Kuwait and Afghanistan and with troops from Virginia.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s