Sheila Johnson Co-Chairing McDonnell’s Inauguration

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November 17, 2009 11:37 a.m.

A special name pops up on the list of co-chairs for Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell’s (R-VA) inauguration: Sheila Johnson, a co-founder of Black Entertainment Television — who is best known for having made fun of Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds for stuttering.

The McDonnell campaign had initially declined to condemn Johnson’s joke or distance themselves from it, after it had come to light. Johnson herself issued an apology shortly afterward. Her status in the campaign did not seem to be damaged, as she later continued to hold McDonnell events and even starred in a campaign ad.

Also on the list is Susan Allen, a former first lady of the state, and wife of former Governor and former Senator George Allen.

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