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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/12/2011

McDonnell's security tightened following Arizona shooting

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Officials have tightened security for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell following the mass shootings in Tucson.

Reporters covering a McDonnell news conference this week were told they would no longer be able to approach the governor after he had started speaking to place recorders or microphones on his lectern.

McDonnell, however, told reporters that the shooting that killed six people and severely injured a congresswoman had not changed his security.

"I certainly don't intend to change any of our security protocols in Virginia nor to shrink at all from any of the things I believe in and intend to speak on."

When told of the changes, McDonnell said "I had not heard that...Honestly, I don't know," he said before promising his spokesman would clarify the issue after the media event.

McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin repeatedly declined to discuss the governor's security, but after being pressed by a dozen reporters, he finally acknowledged the minor change, saying it resulted from a broader review of security by the State Police.

"We are certainly aware of what happened in Arizona,'' he said. "The State Police..(is)..obviously aware of recent events. We don't comment specially on recent gubernatorial security but of course they take into event recent events as they occur."

By Anita Kumar  | January 12, 2011; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Robert F. McDonnell  
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