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Mrs. McDonnell to Perform at Redskins Game

Anita Kumar

If you were lucky enough to score Redskins tickets for Sunday, or even if you plan to watch on TV, make sure you pay special attention to the ladies performing at the halftime show.

maureenmcdonnell.jpgMaureen McDonnell, the 55-year-old wife of Bob McDonnell and former "Redskinette," will join other former cheerleaders on the field to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their alumni association. She will be wearing black pants and a Redskins Jersey (with McDonnell and the number 76 on the back) as they dance to Michael Jackson tunes.

McDonnell will be campaigning (and tailgating) before the game and then in the stands watching when his wife takes the field.

The former Maureen Gardner loves to tell the story of how she became a cheerleader at campaign events.

In case you were wondering: It was her father's idea. He wanted the free tickets that came with the job. Can you blame him?

She didn't make the cut the first time. But the next year she did, joining the squad in 1974, not long after meeting the former high school star who would become her husband.

The two met at a party in Northern Virginia after McDonnell's freshmen year of college. She was working at the State Department and taking classes at Northern Virginia Community College -- and later added on the Redskins gig.

She cheered for three seasons but quit after she and McDonnell were married and moved overseas.

We'll have folks at the game Sunday and we'll let you know if we learn of any fun tidbits we can pass on.


By Anita Kumar  |  September 18, 2009; 6:02 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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