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McDonnell stirs the pot on Brunswick Stew Day at the Capitol

Anita Kumar


Only hours before he was expected to give his first televised address to the nation -- the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address -- Gov. Bob McDonnell kept with a Virginia tradition: Sampling brunswick stew on Brunswick Stew Day at the Capitol.

For the ninth year in a row, a Virginia governor has stopped by to see the visitors from Brunswick County, located about on the North Carolina border, who had been cooking since 2 a.m.

"What kind of animals do you have in that thing, do you know?" McDonnell asked stewmaster Clark Bennett as he peered into the massive pot of stew. "Nevemind. Just tell me it's chicken."

Actually, the stew really does have chicken in it, though some brunswick stew has been known to contain squirrel or rabbit. The folks from the Brunswick County/Lake Gaston Tourism Association will dole out 90 gallons or 1,500 servings today to legislators, lobbyists, state employees and tourists.

(Photo courtesy the governor's office.)

By Anita Kumar  |  January 27, 2010; 4:05 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Mark Warner , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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