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Political Expert Weighs In On Cuccinelli Donation

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Political Expert Weighs In On Cuccinelli Donation

The University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato is reacting to Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s decision to send a more than $18 thousand donation to a Richmond area charity. Cuccinelli’s donation matches the estimated value of the gifts he received from Jonnie Williams of Star Scientific.
Sabato says Cuccinelli probably wants to create a contrast with outgoing Governor Bob McDonnell, who received many more items from Williams. A former chef at the Governor’s Mansion must stand trial next month on embezzlement charges. The investigation into former Chef Todd Schneider’s activities led to a focus on Jonnie Williams’ gifts to the Governor and his family. The McDonnells announced several weeks ago that they have returned or repaid all of the gifts from Williams.