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McDonnell appoints Wilder's son as special assistant for re-entry education

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) appointed former governor L. Douglas Wilder's son, Larry Wilder Jr., as special assistant on re-entry education.

Wilder, a lawyer who served in the House of Delegates, has spent more than two decades developing and implementing community and economic development models.

Wilder pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of simple cocaine possession in 2000 (and received probation) and mismanaging his father's gubernatorial campaign money in 2007 (and received a 12-month suspended sentence and several fines), according to records.

"Larry Wilder's experience and background make him exactly the right person to help with the Governor's prisoner re-entry program,'' McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said. "He has extensive government and public policy experience. He also possesses a valuable personal perspective on this issue. The Governor believes everyone deserves an opportunity, that is what his prisoner re-entry program is all about. We look forward to Larry playing a key role in the effort to help more Virginians become productive and positive members of their communities."

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The elder Wilder's decision to stay out of the governor's race last year was seen as a boost to McDonnell. But their relationship took a hit in recent weeks, when Wilder was all over national television airwaves blasting McDonnell for issuing a proclamation for Confederate History Month that did not reference slavery. When McDonnell apologized, Wilder was back on TV to vouch for the governor.

Wilder was present when McDonnell announced today that he will form a new council to examine Virginia prisoner re-entry. He will make $75,000 a year.

Today, McDonnell also appointed John Broadway as commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission, Gordon Dixon as director of the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and Arne W. Owens as chief deputy of the Department of Health Professionals.

By Anita Kumar  |  May 11, 2010; 6:36 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  | Tags: Bob McDonnell, Virginia  
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Comments

Well that's what our fiscally broke state needs, to spend $75,000 on a crackhead who "mismanages" money.

McDonnell, you're no better than the liar we have in the White House.


Posted by: MillionSix | May 12, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

MillionSix ... you're just pissed because Miss Deeds wasn't elected Gov. Had he been and appointed Wilder's son to the same position, you would have been praising the appointment as a "God-sent" event for the poor and downtrodden. Get a life.

Posted by: Viennacommuter1 | May 12, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Million Six, you're just upset because Miss Deeds didn't win the election. If he had won, and had in turn selected former Gov. Wilder's son in this capacity, you would have been praising the selection as "heaven-sent" and proclaiming that the younger Mr. Wilder as savior to the poor and downtrodden.

Posted by: Viennacommuter1 | May 12, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Million Six, you're just upset because Miss Deeds didn't win the election. If he had won, and had in turn selected former Gov. Wilder's son in this capacity, you would have been praising the selection as "heaven-sent" and proclaiming the younger Mr. Wilder as savior to the poor and downtrodden.

Posted by: Viennacommuter1 | May 12, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

No wonder Wilder did not endore the Democrat for govenor. He had this up his sleeve with McDonnel all the time.

Posted by: K2007 | May 12, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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