Local Reaction to McDonnells' Indictment

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- While Bob and Maureen McDonnell face federal corruption charges for allegedly accepting lavish gifts, local Republicans and Democrats said their focus is not on this scandal.

"It's isolated to one individual, unfortunately it was the governor, but I would not anticipate that the Democrats would make an issue of that," said Mac Nichols, the chair of the Harrisonburg City Republican Committee.

"It's not a political thing it's a legal thing, and for the McDonnells it's a family thing. We can feel some sympathy for them but as Tip O'Neil liked to say confession is good for the soul but doesn't help the body," said Joe Fitzgerald, the chair of the 6th District Democratic Committee.

Nichols feels that gift giving guidelines should be clearer, "To have specific limits so then they know precisely what the rules are so they can't go over the line."

While Fitzgerald said those elected to office should know the limits, "There's always a loophole so in addition to the limits the law puts on people, they need to put some limits on themselves."

People in the Valley are also commenting on the McDonnells' indictment.

While some support the former governor, saying Democrats are just the same, others said, "prison is the next step."

McDonnell has said he did nothing illegal and returned more than $120,000 in gifts and loans to Williams.

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