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Bob McDonnell: Rolex watch 'big, gaudy'

Bob McDonnell: Rolex watch 'big, gaudy'

RICHMOND, Va. — Rolex watches aren’t Bob McDonnell’s style. The former Virginia governor and his wife face a 14-count indictment, centered on the question of whether they traded official favors to an area businessman in return for at least $165,000 worth of gifts and loans — including a Rolex watch. Continue Reading Text Size - + reset But McDonnell, a Republican, maintained that he didn’t know at the time that Jonnie Williams, the businessman in question, footed the bill. And he didn’t care for it anyway, he said in court Thursday. Asked if he liked the watch, McDonnell replied, “Not really. … It was big, gaudy … just too big.” McDonnell said his wife, Maureen, gave him the watch for Christmas in 2011, signed “from Santa.” (Also on POLITICO: McDonnell: He and wife living apart ) Williams said he received a picture of McDonnell smiling and showing off the watch — an ultra-...

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