(Virginia Beach, VA — February 5, 2017) – Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA) is a practicing lawyer once again.
Wait a second.
This is the same Bob McDonnell who nearly became Mitt Romney’s (R-MA) running mate in 2012.
This is the same Bob McDonnell of McDonnellgate fame.
This is the same Bob McDonnell who accepted more than $175,000 in loans and gifts, including a Rolex watch, from Richmond businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr., in exchange for favors involving Williams’ business and Virginia’s state universities.
This is the same Bob McDonnell who could have accepted a plea deal in December 2013 but instead opted for a 28-day trial.
This is the same Bob McDonnell who was convicted on September 4, 2014, on 11 of 14 counts of corruption.
And this is the same Bob McDonnell whose conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court on June 27, 2016.
“The Supreme Court may have said he’s not guilty, but in the minds of sane Virginians, he’s guilty as hell,” said a legislative correspondent, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And nothing is going to change people’s minds.
“Quite frankly, I have no idea how McDonnell is even still licensed to practice law, and short of purposely attempting to bring down their own law firm, I can’t imagine what makes Poole Brooke Plumlee tick.
“Still, you have to hand it to McDonnell to land such a job.”
Poole Brooke Plumlee is the law firm that’s added McDonnell to its slate of 13 lawyers.
“They have the slogan “Sophisticated Lawyers, Strong Values” emblazoned on their homepage,” said the legislative correspondent, speaking on condition of anonymity. “What values are they talking about, employing corrupt attorneys?
“The Web site also says “Focused. Talented. Trusted.” – in all-caps with periods for emphasis. Well, they’re going to have to scrub that phrase from the Web site, too, because that’s just not true anymore.”
For its part, Poole Brooke Plumlee plans on handing out specially-engraved Rolexes to all new clients, according to a Poole Brooke Plumlee spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“The engraving ‘Sententia corruo’ shows that Governor McDonnell beat the rap,” said the Poole Brooke Plumlee spokesman. “And that’s the kind of service we’re going to offer to all clients, no matter how guilty they are. Just like Governor McDonnell.”