When he was the executive chef of Virginia's governor's mansion, Todd Schneider kept track of what the seven members of the state's first family liked and didn't like to eat. Schneider knew that Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) was a brussels sprouts man. He knew that the first lady, Maureen McDonnell, was partial to crab-seasoned popcorn. He knew that everyone liked bananas.
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"I'm in heaven here," Schneider told The Richmond Times-Dispatch in a July 2010 interview, while standing in front of a rosemary bush in the gubernatorial garden.
Three years later, Todd Schneider is far from heaven. Accused of taking property from the governor's mansion kitchen, Schneider is facing several charges of embezzlement in Virginia court. At the same time, he has become a key player in the scandal swirling around the McDonnells and Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.