Governor McDonnell Says Goodbye To the Commonwealth In Address

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Richmond, Va. (WHSV) -- On the first day of the General Assembly, it's the final address for Governor Bob McDonnell. For him, it was a fond farewell. As he remembered the positives from the last session, that he hopes will carry over into the current session.

"Our transportation will receive over six billion dollars in new funding over the next six years alone," said McDonnell.

He then acknowledged Senator Creigh Deeds who is out of the hospital after being stabbed by his son who also committed suicide in November.

"And I also wanna say, "Welcome back Creigh, we love you," said McDonnell.

Mary Shipe voted for candidates on both sides of the aisle. She is pleased with the job that Governor McDonnell did during his four years, especially his restoration of voting rights for non-violent felons, on an individual basis.

"A lot of people change their lives over the years. Just because you had a felony 20 years ago, some people don't continue down that path," said Shipe.

Shipe also remembered the investigation into Governor McDonnell's finances after he and his family allegedly received thousands of dollars in gifts.

"That's how they run their campaign and keeping being a politician," said Shipe.

Due to the scandal, McDonnell could soon face an indictment.

"His legacy will really depend on what the U-S Attorney does," said Dr. Bob Roberts, who is a Political Analyst at JMU.

A legacy that McDonnell accepts and has offered an apology for.

"I'm deeply sorry for the problems for the problems and the pain that I've caused for you," said McDonnell.

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