Dems Blast McDonnell for Comments
Democrats called on Republican gubernatorial nominee Robert F. McDonnell today to clarify comments he made last week about being "sort of unemployed."
"We're raising five kids in Virginia, we're feeling a little bit of it as well," McDonnell said in video taped at last week's Shad Planking. "I'm actually now a retired state employee, sort of unemployed myself."
C. Richard Cranwell, chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, told reporters today that McDonnell's comments were "disingenous" and puts him out of touch with the 300,000 unemployed residents in Virginia.
McDonnell, 54, resigned as state attorney general earlier this year and returned to the Virginia Beach law firm where he had worked for 14 years while serving in the General Assembly.
McDonnell told the Washington Post that he resigned as attorney general because he did not want to spend taxpayers' money while campaigning full time but that accepting money from a private firm is different. He said he needs to earn a salary to support his wife and five children, including three who live at home and one who attends college.
McDonnell refused to say how much he is being paid..
Tucker Martin, a spokesman for McDonnell, said McDonnell would not take seriously "another empty attack" from a party that opposes offshore oil drilling and supports the federal card check bill that would take away workers to vote in secret ballot in workplace elections.
"Enough with the gotcha politics, Virginia Democrats need to start answering the tough questions,'' Martin said. "Whose side are they on? Democrats need to stop playing games and start explaining why they won't stand up for positions and policies that will create and protect the jobs Virginians need."
April 21, 2009; 12:53 PM ET
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