Virginia shocker: McDonnell opts not to resign
Not surprisingly Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said today that he has opted not to resign in response to a letter from an anti-government group last week demanding that he resign within three days or face removal from office.
"I have opted not to resign even though they have given that option to all 50 governors,'' he joked with reporters.
In all seriousness, McDonnell said the letter from the group, Guardians of the Free Republics to most of the nation's governors was "very disappointing."
"There are people on all parts of the political spectrum that are doing some things that are not reflective of the highest ideals of American democracy -- threats, actual acts of violence against members of Congress, governors,'' he said. "Our solutions are at the ballot box and in the legislature. That's the way we do thing in America."
The demands come after an outbreak of harassment and vandalism against members of Congress a couple of weeks ago. A Philadelphia man was charged last week with threatening to kill U.S. House Republican Whip Eric Cantor and his family.
"I feel plenty secure and we're going on with all the things people elected me to do,'' McDonnell said. "Unfortunately the last couple months there's been an extraordinary volume of people that have been doing, saying and acting on things that are way out of bounds for the sense of civility we expect in America so we haven't paid much attention to it. We don't think it's all that credible. But you still have to least pay attention when people make those threats."
April 5, 2010; 3:41 PM ET
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