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McDonnell rooting for Butler, backs Obama on White Sox cap

Anne Bartlett

You know it's a slow news day when the governor gets sports questions during a gaggle with reporters. But Gov. Bob McDonnell is a well known sports fan, particularly of his beloved Notre Dame and Redskins football teams, and so when there's big news in the sporting world, it's a safe bet he's got an opinion.

After a bill signing this afternoon, Julian Walker of the Virginian-Pilot asked McDonnell what he and his wife (don't forget Maureen McDonnell is a former Redskins cheerleader) thought of the Redskins' hiring of Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb.

McDonnell laughed. "I was really hoping they'd get my favorite Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen. I think he's got a lot of potential to turn the Redskins around."

He added: "I've been a 35-year Redskins fan--I just want them to win. Whoever's playing quarterback."

Since it's a big day in sports, we decided to follow up with a few more for Virginia's fan-in-chief.

Plans for tonight's big basketball game? Butler or Duke?

"The Governor will watch the game tonight from his office, most likely. His bracket, like everyone else's, is in complete shambles. Now he's rooting for Butler to continue the tournament chaos by pulling the upset," said McDonnell spokeswoman Stacey Johnson.

What did McDonnell think of President Obama's display on the mound while throwing out the first pitch at National's Park today? Slipping on a White Sox cap in the middle of Washington D.C.'s baseball stadium?! Was it an example of the federal government running amok over the sensitivities of local governments and states?

Nah, said Johnson.

"The Governor is a diehard Notre Dame fan. He would wear a Fighting Irish hat at a USC football reunion, so he certainly has no problem with the President sticking by his team," she said.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  April 5, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Obama wearing a white sox cap is the only thingt ive ever disagreed with from him!!!!

Posted by: pvogel88 | April 5, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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