Bob and Maureen, not too happy.
The long awaited trial has begun and dammed if the family values, ultra religious republican couple Bob and Maureen have turned out to be as fake as a three dollar bill. Turns out Maureen had the hots for Jonnie Williams and the McDonnell's mariage was falling apart. Bob and Maureen didn't spend any time together, they just faked it for the cameras. That's the republican way, fake it for the cameras and pretend everything is on the up and up.
Jonnie and Maureen, so happy together.
I should not be shocked. Most all family values republicans fall apart if you take a second look. The family values bit is just politics for the religious right and church going public, just one more GOP trick played on the all too willing to believe anything republican voter.
Maureen did a job on old Bob for Jobs
By Larry O'Dell and Alan Suderman
The corruption trial for ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife plunged Tuesday into the sordid details of the couple's marriage and the former first's lady's "crush" on a businessman accused of lavishing them with gifts and cash in exchange for promoting his company.
The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in loans, designer clothes, vacations and a Rolex watch from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific. If convicted, they could face decades in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Aber said during opening statements that McDonnell and his wife betrayed the public's trust by lining their pockets with "secret gifts and cash." McDonnell, a once-rising star in the Republican party who left office in January, had a duty "not to sell the power and
influence of his office to the highest bidder," Aber said.
"Mr. and Mrs. McDonnell knew what Mr. Williams wanted and gave it to him," she said.
Attorneys for the McDonnells told jurors the governor did what any of his predecessors would do for a Virginia-based company. They questioned Williams' character and said the couple couldn't have been scheming together because their marriage was falling apart.
Maureen McDonnell's lawyer, William A. Burck, said the former first lady was "duped" by Williams into thinking he cared for her. Williams filled a
"void" in her life, and she and her husband were pretending to be a happy couple although their marriage had "broken down" long ago, Burck said.
"They were barely on speaking terms," Burck said.
A lawyer for the former governor said Bob McDonnell will testify on his own behalf and will read an email in which he begged his wife to work things out with him.
"It fell upon blind eyes and deaf ears because that evening, Maureen was distracted by other interests," defense attorney John Brownlee said.
Brownlee said the government went to great lengths looking for people to say bad things about his client, even sending investigators to interview former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, and "came up empty." McDonnell was widely mentioned as a possible Romney running mate in 2012, but passed over for unknown reasons.
Mitt said NO to all 3 of these cons.
Brownlee said the long hours Bob McDonnell spent at work fueled Maureen McDonnell's anger and resentment.
Bob's buddy got away scott free.
"She hated him for not being around, for serving the public night and day and not having anything left for her," Brownlee said, adding that the void
allowed an outsider to "invade and poison their marriage."
The McDonnells arrived separately at federal court over the past two days, a sharp contrast to the united front they showed when they were indicted 10 days after he left office in January. Before the trial, they often held hands in the courthouse and pretended to be a loving couple.
The McDonnells' attorneys sought to have them tried separately, but the judge refused. The former first lady's attorneys have suggested that she was not an elected or paid official and therefore not tied to the same scrutiny as her husband.
Burck said Williams and Maureen frequently exchanged text messages and phone calls, and that Williams often visited the Executive Mansion.
Burck said the pair had a relationship that "some people would consider inappropriate" and that one potential witness may describe Williams as Maureen McDonnell's "favorite playmate." He did not indicate if their relationship was physical.
Joseph E. diGenova, a former federal prosecutor not affiliated with the case, said the defense team is airing details of the couple's troubled marriage as a way "to create some sympathy" and show that Bob McDonnell could have been unaware of the dealings between Maureen McDonnell and Jonnie Williams.
Jonnie will testify.
The strategy could backfire, he said.
"There's always a risk the jury will think it's a ploy," diGenova said.
Aber, the prosecutor, told the jury that the luxury gifts and frequent text messaging between Williams and Maureen McDonnell were "always just a
business relationship and nothing more."
She showed the jury a photo of Bob McDonnell, smiling broadly and wearing sunglasses, driving Williams' Ferrari during a vacation at Williams' lake house.
Legal experts have said one of the key questions for the jury will be whether McDonnell believed it was criminal to accept the gifts while supporting
Williams' efforts to grow a Virginia business. The former governor is accused of setting up a meeting between Williams and a state health official,
hosting a product launch reception at the Executive Mansion and attending a dinner and seminar aimed at persuading doctors to recommend a Star
Brownlee said McDonnell, whose campaign slogan was "Bob's for Jobs," spoke favorably of all Virginia businesses.
"Bob McDonnell eats Virginia ham, he drinks Virginia wine, and my guess is if he smoked he'd smoke Virginia cigarettes," Brownlee said.
Brownlee attacked Williams' credibility, calling him a "master manipulator" who deceived the McDonnells and the government to receive immunity. Williams may have illegally sold $10 million worth of Star Scientific shares to a friend in secret, according to Burck.
So it goes, Mitt may have passed on Bob due to the difficulty of concealing his run around wife and broken marriage. Will this trial turn Bob and Maureen into federal prisoners for the next couple of decades?
Anyway republican voters are scouting candidates for their next family values christian candidate to throw their votes at.
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