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Updated: Howell, McDonnell "Disappointed" in Hamilton

Anita Kumar

House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) said in a statement this afternoon that he was "deeply disappointed" to hear that Del. Phil Hamilton sought a job at Old Dominion University while securing state money for the school to open a teaching center.

"I believe he certainly did the right thing in resigning his position at ODU and is correct in accepting full personal responsibility for his role in this very unfortunate situation," Howell said.

Bob McDonnell, the Republican nominee for governor, who served with Hamilton (R-Newport News) in the House of Delegates for 14 years and represented the same area of the state, said late today that he was "surprised and very disappointed" in his friend's actions.

"Elected officials must maintain the highest levels of integrity and accountability,'' McDonnell said. "I am both surprised and very disappointed in the actions taken by Delegate Hamilton in this matter. Delegate Hamilton was correct to immediately resign from his position at Old Dominion University, accept full responsibility for his actions and publicly apologize for his conduct."

By Anita Kumar  |  August 21, 2009; 2:52 PM ET
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So McDonnell was "surprised and disappointed" in his friend's actions. Give me a break. There is no surprise at all. Those two are peas in a pod with former VA Governor Gilmore. They have cost Virginia taxpayers hundreds of millions in pursuit of their ultra-right wing ideological agenda.

Let's see, McDonnell, as Attorney General supported the terrible transportation bill of 2007 and ruled it constitutional while Hamilton campaigned and wrote articles supporting it. Then the Va Supreme Court unanimously ruled the whole thing unconstitutional, left McDonnell and Hamilton with Egg on their faces, Virginian without a transportation plan and Virginians out of millions. STRIKE ONE!

McDonnell and Hamilton both went out of their way to support the illegal King William Reservoir debacle and helped create a bill over $50 Million dollars and rising for residents of Newport News and the rest of the Peninsula. All the money wasted because Hamilton and McDonnell were ready to lend the power of their offices to the Good Old Boy network to support an unneeded big money project at water bill payer's expense. STRIKE TWO!!

McDonnell and Hamilton have worked tirelessly to loosen environmental regulations on big business and developers as the state's waterways become more and more polluted and cost more and more to clean up. Strike Three and they are out!!!

If the average person who wants good, honest government for the benefit of society as a whole thinks the cabal of Hamilton, McDonnell and their ilk will deliver it, they will be in for a big disappointment. Government under McDonnell and Hamilton will be a gift to their big money contributors. Their regime will make the disasters of former Governor Jim Gilmore look like the good old days.

Posted by: DarkStar2 | August 22, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

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