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McDonnell defends Steele, invites Palin to Virginia

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said today that he continues to support Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who came under fire Monday after financial reports showed that the party used tens of thousands of donor dollars for luxury hotels, private jets and other questionable expenditures.

"I think he's a good leader. People always like to focus on the controversy and not on the good news,'' McDonnell said. "Listen, he helped to win the governors races in Virginia and in New Jersey, helped to win the Senate race up in Massachusetts. That's a pretty good track record. I think ultimately you're judged by your results."

McDonnell was asked about Steele on his appearance on the monthly "Ask the Governor" program on WTOP radio this morning.

The RNC report Monday showed a payment for "meals" at Voyeur nightclub in West Hollywood, which features topless dancers wearing horse bridles and other bondage gear while mimicking sex acts. The party said Steele had not visited the club and was not aware of the expenditure.

"Now listen, if there are problems internally, listen, he ought to clean them up,'' McDonnell said. "With this issue yesterday, with the misuse of funds, he ought to clean those up, but we have a good plan for 2010. I think he's going to be a winner this year."

Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, helped direct an unprecedented $8 million to Republicans in Virginia last year.

McDonnell also said he would welcome former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) to Virginia to campaign on behalf of the state's congressional candidates this year.

"I have a great deal of respect for Sarah Palin,'' McDonnell said. "I thought she added a great deal of energy to the Republican ticket with John McCain. She's a principled conservative. She's not afraid to say some tough things."

McDonnell again denied that he did not want the former vice presidential candidate to come to Virginia to campaign on his behalf last year. "I think you've got that wrong,'' he said. "We could not get her here because she was in such demand."

Last year, Palin's spokeswoman told us that McDonnell repeatedly and personally asked her for help but then changed his mind. Palin, the spokeswoman said, still offered to come all the way up until Election Day.

By Anita Kumar  |  March 30, 2010; 12:07 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Robert F. McDonnell , State Senate  
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Comments

Of course on the opposite page is how this guy is going to cut spending.

BUT HE WILL PAY A SARAH PALIN FAN SPEECH FEE to have her come her - plus all her expenses.

Changy thingy working already.

Posted by: racerdoc | March 30, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

So Clown Mcdonnell (aka "McGov") has chosen to hop into bed with the HNIC and the Mountain Girl. No surprise here after his recent shenanigans.

Thanks to Mcgov, Virginia is fast returning to "Virginny".

Posted by: ceefer66 | March 30, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"McDonnell also said he would welcome former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) to Virginia to campaign on behalf of the state's congressional candidates this year."

You have to give ole McDonnell points for cleverness or, perhaps, chutzpah. He didn't want to be anywhere near Sarah Palin when he was running but sure would welcome her to come in and campaign for those other guys.

Over to you, Whiplet Cantor.

Posted by: jeffersonian1 | March 30, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Saying he respects Palin, says everything about him.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 30, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell, in defending Bob Steele, and the mis-use of campaign contributions, has branded himself as just another lying politician. Same thing with his Palin comments. What's happened to the Republican Party and its values of family, integrity and personal responsibility? Since when did the ends justify the means? Who are these hypocrites?

Posted by: ronstrauss | March 30, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I heard the McDonnell interview with Mark Plotkin and I think that the governor was caught off-guard re: Steele and Palin (although you would have thought that he could have anticipated these questions from Plotkin).
If I believed that he continued to support Steele, I would be disappointed.

Posted by: JohnRice | March 30, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I think Bob had better ask the Republican Congressional candidates if they want Sarah huckstering for them. Maybe, not so much.

Posted by: dpcret93 | March 30, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Gov. McRobertson will bring in anyone who can help push his semi-hidden ultra-right-wing agenda(s) -- including DAFFY DUMB ______ .


Note: The Post won't allow her last nom here, but it rhymes with spit.

Posted by: kinkysr | March 30, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm still waiting to hear about those DNC expenditure reports!

Posted by: 15of18 | March 30, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

S. VA can always be counted on to keep this state in the dixie toilet.. NOVA-ians should be ashamed that they allowed this clown to be elected as Gov of VA.

Posted by: privacy3 | March 30, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow! He respects palin and defends steele. Were Virginians really that desperate when they elected this guy or just stupid?

Posted by: jt89 | March 30, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

privacy3 -- Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William all went for McDonnell in the election, some by fairly big margins. When you say NOVA-ians, you mean Arlington and Alexandria. Why don't you guys just rejoin Wash., DC? It was a mistake for DC to retrocede Arlington and Alexandria back to Virginia...

Posted by: JTR555 | March 30, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Wonder which Leftist Commie organization is keeping tabs on the expenditures of the GOP instead of reporting on all the CORRUPTION, BRIBERY, QUID PRO QUO's, PAY-OFF'S, LIES, DECEIT AND DOWNRIGHT BULLYING TACTICS OF THE OBUMMER ADMINISTRATION, and the DemocRATS in Congress? Treasonous PIGS are going down in November and again in 2012!

Posted by: priley8104 | March 30, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that Republicans always have an answer to anything they do wrong. They make laws,and then break them. What's with we must cut spending and then they waste money. People are loosing jobs and they can charter private plans???? That money they are using for personal use should be going to help keep people at work not for their pleasures. They should be made to catch a commuter plan like every other government official and if they don't they should be made to pay for it out of their private pockets.

Posted by: Confused6 | March 30, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

So Steele and the RNC spent thousands of dollars flying in and wooing rich donors at expensive hotels. This is the Republican party after all. DUH.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | March 30, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

To priley8104:

That 'Lefist commie organization' would be "The Daily Caller", written by Fox News own ultra-conservative Tucker Carlson. I don't think he'd like you callling him a lefist commie anymore than he likes Mr. Steele. He stands by his story by the way: http://dailycaller.com/2010/03/29/tucker-carlson-responds-to-rnc-complaints-about-dcs-michael-steele-article/

Posted by: Smiling1 | March 30, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey... maybe SOME Virginians like McDonnell, but not this one. Sarah Palin is a comedienne with nice legs who appeals to people who can't understand English well enough to parse her hypocrisy. These folks just have a "feeling" with no cares that she abandoned her post as Alaska governor so she could schmooze with Hollywood celebs on Fox News. More money, less oversight, no responsibility! A real maverick, alright. Like a woman who abandons her family so she can follow a CW singer on the road.

McDonnell is defending Steele since he got so much cash from him last year. He's being friendly to Palin now that she's a hood-ornament for the tea-bag folks. This way he can shore up his credentials with the conspiracy lunatics without having to actually go to one of their feral gatherings and risk embarrassing his other group of supporters: white Virginians who like Buicks and party-down at Outback.

McDonnell is a shrewd politician. He knows enough to let that feral attorney-general go after gays and try to attack the health care reform. I think McDonnell knows that people don't really care about gays one way or the other, and that the insurance reform is gonna be popular after people experience it.

Republicans have been against ALL popular entitlement programs... Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid were all fought by the R party. They're awful hypocrites.

Posted by: Zino | March 30, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Kumar is still mourning the crushing, landslide defeat of her client, Creigh Deeds. Kumar did all she could to smear Governor McDonnell, but alas the lesson for her is that Virginia is not DC or Maryland..

Posted by: wewintheylose | March 31, 2010 3:42 AM | Report abuse

How many crackers will fit into the supposed commonwealth of virginia??????? I suspect millions and millions. Sarah Palin doesn't fit the stereotype but I suspect she'd learn quickly and soon there'd be slave auctions here again. How's about all of you cracker racists head on outta town??????

Posted by: purveyors | March 31, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Says all you need to know about McDonnell.
Welcome to the 18th century.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 31, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

See, this is what happens you vote for someone, just because you don't like something the other party did. everyone was so roiled up about the Dems in Congress that they voted us back into the 19th century. the Dems maky tax and spend, but the Repubs just spend.

Posted by: schnauzer21 | March 31, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

wewintheylose wrote: "Kumar did all she could to smear Governor McDonnell, but alas the lesson for her is that Virginia is not DC or Maryland."
---------------------------------
Right, we have proven ourselves to be much more stupid.

Posted by: schnauzer21 | March 31, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

McDonnell is trying too hard to be a republican spokesperson with his generic praise for Steele.
He is the governor of ALL of virginia, and that includes democrats too. it's a shame he can't give an honest direct answer about steele's over spending. how can we trust mcdonnell with virginia's budget, when he can't seem to find anything wrong with steele's mispending?

Posted by: MarilynManson | March 31, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

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