Virginia State Police are investigating Fairfax County Board of Supervisors member Jeff McKay, according to a WAMU report. McKay is the Democratic nominee to succeed retiring Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova.
The investigation follows an allegation by an opponent in the Democratic primary, who charged that McKey swapped a political favor for a real-estate deal. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring authorized the investigation Aug. 8, according to WAMU, a news-and-talk station operated by American University.
McKay faces Republican Joe Galdo in the November general election.
The ethics complaint grows out of charges leveled by developer Tim Chapman, who was defeated by McKay in the primary. Chapman was revealed as the author of an anonymous memo that suggested McKay had gotten a sweetheart deal on his $850,000 home, a charge McKay angrily suggested bordered on libel. McKay hired a lawyer to investigate and his lawyer found McKay had done nothing wrong — or, at least, nothing illegal.
McKay has called the allegation “baseless, politically motivated” and Bulova has called it “rotten.”
Although no charges have been filed, the allegation and news of the investigation could be a factor in the election. Fairfax County is heavily Democratic and McKay has been considered the favorite to win the chairman’s seat. McKay has represented the Lee District on the county board since 2007.
An investigation does not always lead to criminal charges, WAMU notes in its report, which is based largely on sources who asked to remain anonymous.