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July 15, 2013


Virginia First Lady Under Scrutiny

The Washington Post notes Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell's "retreat from the spotlight has coincided with her emergence at the center of a growing investigation into gifts to her and her family from a wealthy businessman named Jonnie R. Williams Sr."

"Some of Maureen McDonnell's closest friends are surprised by the reports, saying she is as sweet as her public image. But some people she has worked with at the governor's mansion and in state government paint a different portrait: one of someone unable to make the leap into the Richmond fishbowl... Those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid offending the governor and first lady, said Maureen McDonnell can be demanding and preoccupied with appearances -- hers and that of the mansion."

One interesting tidbit: "She has reduced maids and a state trooper to tears."












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