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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is weathering a political storm, along with calls for his resignation.

The past few weeks have been difficult for McDonnell, with story after story revealing a series of undisclosed gifts to his family. Last week, Fairfax County state Senator Chap Petersen called on the governor to come clean or resign.

Now, Arlington state Senator Barbara Favola says it's time for McDonnell to step down.

"Virginians really deserve to have a government that is transparent and a government that is accountable for its actions and they deserve leadership they can trust, and we're well beyond that," says Favola.

The FBI is investigating a $15,000 catering job for the governor's daughter as part of her June 2011 wedding at the Governor's Mansion that was paid for by a McDonnell campaign donor.

University of Mary Washington professor Stephen Farnsworth says talk of resignation is premature.

"To me, there's no need to resign in advance of an indictment unless the indictment is inevitable," says Farnsworth. "And we don't have any indication that's the case."

The gifts first came to light as part of an embezzlement case against a former Executive Mansion chef in a trial that's scheduled for October.

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