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 McDonnellâ€™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. Itâ€™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.