Fairfax delegate calls on Gov. McDonnell to resign

July 14, 2013 6:20 pmBy: 
Del. Scott Surovell

Del. Scott Surovell

Del. Scott A. Surovell (D-Fairfax) is the latest legislator to call on scandal-ridden Gov. Robert McDonnell to resign.  Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) called for McDonnell’s resignation last week.

Republican lawmakers and officeholders, including Atty. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli who is running to succeed McDonnell, have remained silent.

“I am dumbfounded by our current Governor’s  personal behavior,” Surovell says on his blog  “The total amount of undisclosed cash, loans, gifts and miscategorized transactions involved in the McDonnell Family’s emerging scheme – $270,000 – is shocking, and the number of transactions involved is outrageous.”

“The public have cannot have confidence in a Governor’s honesty, integrity, and duty to act in the best interest of the Commonwealth if he takes two separate ‘loans,’ each larger than what most Virginians earn in one year, one Rolex, a New York shopping spree, gifts for two weddings for two separate daughters spread over a period of years from a wealthy donor who is litigating a million-dollar tax dispute with our state and seeking validation for his diet supplement business to boost stock prices,” Surovell said, listing the more egregious alleged abuses unveiled in a series of hard-hitting Washington Post reports in recent weeks.

If McDonnell does not resign by the end of the week, he should be forced out, Surovell said, although he did not specify the mechanism by which that might occur.

Surovell added that it’s time for other lawmakers to speak out.

“The legislative branch has a sworn independent responsibility to address corruption and malfeasance when we see them independent of criminal investigations.  As Senator Chap Petersen said two weeks ago, silence implies acquiescence, and I cannot continue to stand silently.  It’s time for Governor Robert McDonnell to resign so the Commonwealth can continue its focus on improving the lives of its citizens, and he can shift his focus to resolving his family’s mounting legal problems.

“It’s also time for other members of the legislature to remember their oath to the Virginians they represent and speak up as well.  If he has not resigned by the end of this week, then other measures should be on the table,” he said.

 

Comments

More Top Stories

  • Consumers Politics Top Stories CareFirst data breach hits Virginians; Warner offers tips

    CareFirst data breach hits Virginians; Warner offers tips

    U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner provided a variety of useful resources and an online form on his Senate website for Virginians potentially impacted by the cyberattack targeting health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to contact his office for assistance.  CareFirst, which operates in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, announced late yesterday that 1.1 million of its customers had been victims of a June 2014 data breach – first uncovered by the insurer a month ago and publicly disclosed on […]

    Read more →
  • Military Top Stories WWII, Korean War veterans honored at DCA and around town

    WWII, Korean War veterans honored at DCA and around town

    Reagan National Airport is normally a busy place on Saturday mornings but today it more closely resembled 4th of July on the Mall than an airport filled with grumpy travelers, as three planeloads of World War II and Korean War veterans arrived on special Honor Flights. The Fairfax Main Street Band played marches and nostalgic period music as the veterans walked, rolled and, in one case, danced down the concourse. The flights are organized by the Honor Flight Network, a […]

    Read more →
  • Real Estate Top Stories Median home sale prices inch up in Northern Virginia

    Median home sale prices inch up in Northern Virginia

    Areas of the Northern Virginia region experienced increases in median sale price in April, according to the Long & Foster Market Minute reports. The Northern Virginia market includes the city of Alexandria and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties. The Long & Foster Market Minute reports are compiled from data from residential real estate transactions within specific geographic regions, not just Long & Foster sales. The real estate market in Northern Virginia saw increases in median sale prices in […]

    Read more →
  • Education Top Stories Fairfax school board approves gender identity protection policy

    Fairfax school board approves gender identity protection policy

    Fairfax County Public Schools’ non-discrimination policy now includes gender identity, after the school board voted 10-2 yesterday to approve an update proposed by board member Ryan McElveen. The vote makes Fairfax, the largest school district in Virginia, the first in the state to add gender identity to its list of protected classes. “Equality Virginia is pleased that the board took into consideration the opinion of both community members and experts, and voted to do the right thing,” said James Parrish, […]

    Read more →
  • Business Education Fairfax Top Stories GMU’s Patriot Center will become EagleBank Arena

    GMU’s Patriot Center will become EagleBank Arena

    EagleBank today announces a multi-million multi-faceted, long-term strategic alliance with George Mason University. As part of the agreement, George Mason University’s Patriot Center will be renamed EagleBank Arena. EagleBank’s alliance with George Mason University spans a broad array of substantial education-related programs including scholarships, internships, lectures and seminar series, the bank said. The agreement provides for a minimum $6.6 million commitment by EagleBank to the university over 10 years. It also includes the unilateral right of EagleBank to extend the […]

    Read more →
  • Politics Top Stories Transportation Congress asked to leave DC-VA airports alone

    Congress asked to leave DC-VA airports alone

    As the 2015 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill comes before Congress, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), along with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11), Don Beyer (D-VA-8), and Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10) urged the Congress not to exacerbate overburdened operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport by adding more flight traffic. In their letter, the members point out that when Congress established the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) in 1986, it was […]

    Read more →
  • Politics Top Stories Transportation Congressional spending plan threatens Metro funding

    Congressional spending plan threatens Metro funding

    The House Appropriations Committee is considering a spending plan that would cut federal funding to Metro in half — from $150 million to $75 million, threatening efforts to improve safety and catch up with deferred maintenance on the troubled system. “Providing anything less than the federal commitment of $150 million would jeopardize rider safety and the successful partnership with Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia to fund the purchase of new rail cars and vital safety improvements throughout the […]

    Read more →
  • Fire & Rescue Top Stories Fairfax search and rescue looking for victims in Nepal

    Fairfax search and rescue looking for victims in Nepal

    USA-1, the Virginia Urban Search and Rescue team, searched collapsed buildings in the Kathmandu area of Nepal Thursday but found no live victims. Searches will resume at first light Friday, the team reported. The Virginia team and USA-2, from Los Angeles County, are working from a base established on land controlled by the U.S. Embassy. “Our Recon Operations were well received by the public. Some of the local community members visited our BoO providing information on collapsed structures and potential work sites. […]

    Read more →