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McDonnell Appointments May Be Scuttled After Clerical Error

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An administrative error puts at risk about 60 appointments made under former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
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An administrative error puts at risk about 60 appointments made under former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

A clerical error by former Gov. Bob McDonnell's administration may void about 60 appointments to various state boards and commissions.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration says McDonnell's office did not forward the appointments to the General Assembly for confirmation. Without legislative approval, the McAuliffe administration says it considers those board seats vacant.

In general, state lawmakers typically approve gubernatorial picks without debate.

The McAuliffe administration has encouraged those appointees to reapply, but has not guaranteed that they will be reappointed. A spokesman for Republican House Speaker William J. Howell says the speaker's office is currently reviewing the situation.


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