25 Jul '13, 2am

New lawyer, new PR team, new apology. Va. Gov. McDonnell tries a shift in strategy to repair reputation.

New lawyer, new PR team, new apology. Va. Gov. McDonnell tries a shift in strategy to repair reputation.

“We’re going to be more aggressive in presenting the governor as a man who is honest, honorable and has spent a good deal of his adult life in public service,” said Rich Galen, the private spokesman McDonnell hired to work with his legal team. McDonnell (R) had not said much about the gifts and loans since March, when The Washington Post first reported that he and his wife had promoted a nutritional supplement made by a businessman who had helped pay for the wedding of one of their daughters. When questioned about it in radio interviews and news conferences, McDonnell stuck to a simple defense: He did not have to disclose the $15,000 catering payment because it was a present to his daughter, not to him. He also said that the businessman, Jonnie R. Williams Sr., and his business, Star Scientific, had received no favors from the state. McDonnell said he only promoted the pro...

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