It has been a busy few weeks for Governor Bob McDonnell. After months of hunkering down against frequent and constant reports of his connection to a wealthy CEO, the Governor has gone on the offense.
Wednesday in the midst of a visit to Afghanistan and Kuwait the Governor spoke for the first time about the apology he gave in response to the revelations that he received close to $200 thousand in gifts and loans from Star-Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.
McDonnell paid back those loans and in an interview with NBC4's Julie Carey have gave his most clear signal that he plans to complete his term.
Here is our story for NBC12.
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (WWBT)- For the first time since he offered the people of Virginia an apology for his role in the Star Scientific saga- governor Bob McDonnell is speaking publicly about his future.
The governor is visiting troops from Virginia in Afghanistan and Kuwait- and during an interview from the war zone he vowed to remain in office.
“What consideration have you given to resignation?" asked NBC4’s Julie Carey during a satellite interview with McDonnell from Kabul, Afghanistan.
McDonnell responded defiantly.
"None, I'm not going anywhere. I love this job.”
The governor said leaving office is not part of his plans- and never was. He said he is prepared to begin the process of regaining the public's faith
"If it undermined people's sacred trust in me or government, I wanted to make it right and that's what I was hoping to signal yesterday,” McDonnell said. “And let people know I continue to focus on the things that they care about."
On Tuesday McDonnell revealed that he had paid back more than $124 thousand in loans to Star- Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams- and he apologized for the embarrassment he caused the Commonwealth of Virginia. Wednesday he reiterated his plea for forgiveness.
“I'm deeply sorry those things that have been done by me or my family have created a problem for Virginia's government and have caused some embarrassment,” he said.
McDonnell continues to insist that he committed no crime- and that he is prepared to continue his work as Governor....read and see the full story on NBC12.com
You can see NBC4's entire interview with Governor McDonnell here.