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July 15, 2013


GOP Mulls Removal of McDonnell

Jeff Schapiro notes that Republicans are contemplating the resignation or even the forced removal of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) as he deals with a gifts scandal.

"Defending their majority this fall, House of Delegates Republicans will cut and run on the first sign that McDonnell's problems are becoming theirs. Their survival instinct will demand it. An alarming harbinger for Republicans: conservative bloggers, who had already turned against McDonnell for raising taxes, report as fact that his resignation is inevitable, part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. An administration that ordinarily ignores the blogs did otherwise this time, issuing a forceful denial. Should pressure intensify because of hostile public opinion, fed by unflattering news reports that go unanswered by McDonnell, House Republicans may have no option than to tell him he has none: that it's time for him to go."












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