Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell
The conservative blog Bearing Drift lit up Twitter on Saturday night. Blogger Ben Tribbett of the notlarrysabato blog tweeted that Bearing Drift’s Willie Deutsch was reporting “the Governor is about to resign.”
Deutsch said the “governor is currently in the middle of finalizing a plea agreement which includes his resignation as governor. ” Later he said he was becoming more certain of it as he talked to other sources.
Larry Sabato, director at UVA Center for Politics who said he usually doesn’t get involved in rumors but since this had gone so viral tweeted, “Gov. Bob McDonnell is NOT resigning. I have checked. That is official. Irresponsible rumors are wrong.”
Later he tweeted that, “Reporters, bloggers & others have a clear responsibility to check rumors out fully before publishing/airing.”
Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
Even our Roanoke WDBJ7 anchor Chris Hurst got in the mix later tweeting “If anyone wants to blame me for contributing to a hour of confusion, I’m ready for your tomatoes.”
The speculation continued even when McDonnell’s spokesman, Tucker Martin tweeted that it was “false.” Bearing Drift is still not backing down and comments continue speculating on resignation due to the ongoing FBI investigation of McDonnell and Star Scientific.
Comments range from questioning what this means for Lt. Governor Bill Bolling and Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli. The thought is that though McDonnell’s office denied an impending resignation that it WOULD be denied as negotiations continue.
At this point Bearing Drift is not backing down from their sources. Time will tell but as Sabato said, “check rumors out fully.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Commentary, Election 2013, Elections, Politics, State Politics
Tags: corruption, governor, McDonnell, republican