Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), who has come under fire recently for a string of gifts he allegedly received from a donor, issued a press release Tuesday declaring that all loans made to his family have been repaid in full.
A 2011 loan to McDonnell’s wife Maureen for $52,278 and two separate loans totaling $71,837 made in 2012 to a real estate business owned by the governor and his sister were repaid in full, according to the press release. The loans were originated by Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.
“Being Governor of Virginia is the highest honor of my 37 years in public service,” McDonnell said in the press release. “I am deeply sorry for the embarrassment certain members of my family and I brought upon my beloved Virginia and her citizens. I want you to know that I broke no laws and that I am committed to regaining your trust and confidence.”
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