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McDonnell fires back at Democrats over Malek appointment

Anita Kumar

A visibly angry Gov. Bob McDonnell blamed Democrats for continuing to attack Fred Malek, chairman of his government reform commission, who has been under intense scrutiny for weeks for his role in compiling a list of Jews for former president Richard M. Nixon.

"These are a handful of partisan Democrats at the state and federal level that apparently aren't interested in government reform,'' he told reporters this afternoon. "To those Democrats that just want to complain, that aren't interested in government reform, that don't want to get things done, I tell them to stay out of the way. Watch us reform government. I'm here to get things done, not to engage in partisan rhetoric."

Last week, McDonnell (R) said he did not know about Malek's history with Nixon or that Malek had paid a $100,000 civil fine related to his firm's work with Connecticut's pension fund when the governor selected him to chair the commission. He said today he has since spoken to Malek about both issues, but declined to elaborate.

"I have great confidence in Fred Malek from his days at West Point, Harvard Business School, serving U.S. presidents and turning Marriot Corp. around,'' McDonnell said. "He's the right guy to help lead us.''

The commission is charged with searching for ways to save hundreds of millions of dollars from the state budget and make government more user-friendly. The group, which is holding its first meeting Friday afternoon, will consider closing some of the state's 130 agencies, putting more forms online and eliminating annual reports. Members will also look for a way to sell the state's 350 liquor stores, which McDonnell pledged to do on the campaign trail last year.

The 31 members of the Governor's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring includes six Democrats, though none have called for Malek's removal.

Malek, founder of Thayer Capital Partners, is a major Republican donor and served as a finance chairman to Sen. John McCain in 2008, and has also been an adviser to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. He chairs the American Action Network, a group that campaigns against Democratic members of Congress.

"Every major Jewish group that I am aware of in the country has said that they support Fred Malek,'' McDonnell said. "This is not about one person. This is about reforming state government. This is small handful of partisan Democrats that want to make this a partisan issue. The DNC. The DCCC. I'm sure they're concerned Mr. Malek supports Republicans. I support Republicans."

In response to a question about whether Malek should continue to donate money while serving on McDonnell's commission, the governor said: "People have their First Amendment rights outside this meeting to do what they want. There are Republicans and Democrats on here. I think they are going to be free to do what they want."

By Anita Kumar  |  June 4, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  | Tags: bob mcdonnell, fred malek, government reform commission  
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Comments

Come on Gov McMuffin, we know that you gotta know better than to appoint an easily identifiable Jew-hater....or are we still giving you too much credit?!

Posted by: lsf07 | June 4, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Of Course remember that MCdonnell hails from either Falwell or Robertson's pseudo universities where we know how they feel about Jews.

Posted by: fredmlaw | June 4, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Of Course remember that MCdonnell hails from either Falwell or Robertson's pseudo universities where we know how they feel about Jews.

Posted by: fredmlaw | June 4, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse


As for Nixon, google his middle name, Milhaus, in a Holocaust database and see what you get. One Holocaust victim from Firlej, Poland was even named Hana Milhaus, almost identical to Richard M. Nixon's mother's name Hanna Milhaus. Nixon was Quaker.

Posted by: blasmaic | June 4, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Malek would create more jobs if he would have invested the $1 million he has gave to the GOP into private business instead of taking a job bought via donations.

Posted by: slydell | June 4, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

The compost and kumar wouldn't know anything about partisan democrats, now would they?

Posted by: wewintheylose | June 5, 2010 3:19 AM | Report abuse

This is not a partisan issue and I don't know what the fuss is for you liberals. Malek, a fervent Republican SEC violating, anti-semite, bought his way into a position in McDonnell's government without being throughly vetted to the tune of $1 million. It is not partisan. Look away dammit (visibly angry face).

Posted by: slydell | June 5, 2010 5:00 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: lsf07

Come on Gov McMuffin, we know that you gotta know better than to appoint an easily identifiable Jew-hater.

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Obama got appointed to this committee?

Posted by: 0460 | June 5, 2010 5:52 AM | Report abuse

Yep.. I like the guy! The fact libtards are annoyed only confirms this guys resume...

Posted by: genbarlow | June 5, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Typical Republican, if he'd done well in business, his ethics mean nothing.

Posted by: edismae | June 5, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

McDonnell is:

A. Dumb

B. A Liar

C. Dumb and a Liar.

Virginia is for lovers of A or B or C.

Posted by: mdpilot | June 5, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey, McDonnell has a right to appoint scum... and did.

Posted by: NancyNaive | June 6, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

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