March 13, 2014
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The friendship Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and political donor Jonnie Williams shared is strained -- if not dead -- as they find themselves on different sides in an ongoing criminal investigation.
The governor recalls it as a political and personal alliance that grew out of the two men's shared working-class roots and early jobs in the medical services business.
In an interview with The Associated Press this week, McDonnell said he had returned gifts given to him and his family by Williams -- the multimillionaire head of a struggling nutritional supplements company.
McDonnell and first lady Maureen McDonnell counted Williams as a personal friend and welcome face at Virginia's Executive Mansion until a federal probe soured the relationship.
McDonnell leaves office in less than 150 days.