Skip to comments.Virginia Democrats renew call for Cuccinelli to resign
Posted on 04/30/2013 6:11:29 AM PDT by COBOL2Java
RICHMOND Virginia Democrats renewed their demands Monday that Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli resign after the Republican gubernatorial candidate belatedly disclosed about $13,000 worth of gifts on Friday that he claimed he forgot to note in four years worth of economic disclosure reports.
They were not as insistent, however, that their own nominee, Terry McAuliffe, match Mr. Cuccinellis complete income tax disclosure earlier this month with one of his own.
State Sen. A. Donald McEachin and Delegate David J. Toscano responded in a conference call to Mr. Cuccinellis revelation Friday afternoon that he failed to report five gifts from 2009 through last year. He spoke to a handful of mostly print journalists who had agreed not to broadcast any audio or video recordings of the conference and use them only to augment the accuracy of their own notes.
Three of them were from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of troubled nutritional supplement maker Star Scientific and a political contributor to Mr. Cuccinelli. They included a $3,000 vacation stay and $1,500 Thanksgiving retreat and dinner at Mr. Williams Smith Mountain Lake vacation home.
Mr. Cuccinelli also made a nominal revision to his 2011 filing to show that $6,711 worth of nutritional supplements he received that year came from Star Scientific, not from Mr. Williams as he had previously reported.
The annual reports listing their business interests, assets, honoraria and gifts are required of elected officials each January under Virginia law. A deliberate violation is a misdemeanor, but an unintended error or omission is not an offense.
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why do these jackasses continue to accept gifts? A bottle of pinot is okay but nothing more. pay your own freight. loser pols
It’s more tangled when you are friends with the person.
yeah? I don’t give my friends 13K “gifts”
Really - unless you’re a democRat, you’re not entitled as an elected politician to freesht!
Friends - even rich ones - do not typically buy such lavish gifts for one another.
If you let your friend stay at your beach house, that is $3000. If you invite him for Thanksgiving, that is $1500 (dinner and staying at the house).
It’s a little different from being gifted a Rolex.
Friends don’t have to account for the comparable cost of staying at each other’s houses.
I have a friend with a place at SML. When I stay there, big deal. If I was a politician, I would have to account for the cost of staying at a comparable location and report it.
oh bull, I highly doubt they are talking about being invited to a house party for Thanksgiving. And as a stinking Captain in the JAG we had a “briefing” about not accepting gifts. So, the ass should know to avoid the appearance of impropriety, if he wants to go to the beach he should pay his freight, that is what I am saying.
You should pay your freight at SML whatever the dickens that is, your friend has expenses that are fixed on that vaca house.
Vitamins???? You are worried about someone accepting Vitamins?
hell yeah I have gone on trips with friends and we tallied up and split the expenses evenly.
He was invited to Thanksgiving dinner IIRC. They have to report that. It’s not like he got a Rolex and a bag of diamonds.
just a second ago you said it was the same as being gifted a Rolex.
Look, if he is invited to someone’s house for Thanksgiving AND THAT PERSON DOESN’T BENEFIT BY GETTING A GOVERNMENT CONTRACT BLESSED BY HIM shorthly thereafter, no biggie.
sheesh, people, it’s not that hard to be honest
OUR CROOK IS NOT AS BAD AS THEIR COOK.
if the nation is to survive, we must insist upon HONOR in our leaders. At this time in our history, there is very little of that in local, county, state, or federal government. Very little.
Smith Mountain Lake is a big, man-made lake that extends across Franklin and Bedford counties in VA. It was formed when Appalachian Power Company built a dam for power generation. It's quite popular in these parts.
Did everyone miss this line in the story?
"They were not as insistent, however, that their own nominee, Terry McAuliffe, match Mr. Cuccinellis complete income tax disclosure earlier this month with one of his own."The only reason they demanded Cuccinelli's tax records was so they could go dumpster diving for dirt. Voila! They found something! And now they can sit back and let all the Conservatives chew Cuccinellis legs off, because WE demand HONOR. We demand PURITY. And the RATs sit back and laugh at us.
Same old story. Republican thinks he’s going to escape scrutiny by the dems’ oppo research machine.
I like Cuccinelli, but he’s the latest in a long line of GOPers who don’t understand the fact that the dems are far, far more effective in digging up dirt on opponents.
And I agree with the other posters here who say politicians need to cease with the gift-taking.
This doesn’t look very good and could possibly sink Cuccinelli. Is it too late for Bolling to replace him?