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Another Virginia Delegate Calls On McDonnell To Resign

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Three Virginia Democrats have called on McDonnell to resign in the wake of revelations of close financial ties to a Virginia businessman.
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Three Virginia Democrats have called on McDonnell to resign in the wake of revelations of close financial ties to a Virginia businessman.

On Saturday Virginia Delegate Scott Surovell called on Gov. Bob McDonnell to resign, and if he chose not to do so, for legislators to consider "other measures" that would force him out of office.

Writing on his personal blog, the Fairfax County Democrat said that the financial questions that have dogged McDonnell in recent months mean that he should not continue to serve as the commonwealth's chief executive.

"It’s time for Governor Robert McDonnell to resign so the Commonwealth can continue its focus on improving the lives of its citizens, and he can shift his focus to resolving his family's mounting legal problems," wrote Surovell.

Two other Virginia Democrats—Senator Chap Petersen and Senator Barbara Favola—have called on McDonnell to resign in as many weeks.

McDonnell has been battered by revelations of undisclosed gifts and financial contributions from a Virginia businessman. 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.

"The public have cannot have confidence in a Governor's honesty, integrity, and duty to act in the best interest of the Commonwealth if he takes two separate “loans," each larger than what most Virginians earn in one year, one Rolex, a New York shopping spree, gifts for two weddings for two separate daughters spread over a period of years from a wealthy donor who is litigating a million-dollar tax dispute with our state and seeking validation for his diet supplement business to boost stock prices," wrote Surovell on his blog.


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