LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BOLLING ON RESIGNATION OF ATTORNEY GENERAL MCDONNELL
RICHMOND - Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling issued the following statement
on the resignation of Attorney General Bob McDonnell:
"For the past three years Bob McDonnell has served the Commonwealth with
great distinction as our Attorney General. During that time he has worked
across party lines to find realistic, workable solutions to the most
important challenges facing Virginia, and he has developed an impressive
record of accomplishment and results that rivals any other Attorney General
in Virginia history.
"Bob McDonnell is recognized as a national leader in the fight against
sexual predators and the proliferation of gangs. In the wake of the tragic
shootings at Virginia Tech he worked with Governor Kaine and legislative
leaders to reform our mental health laws. Through his Government and
Regulatory Reform Task, which I co-chair, we have eliminated hundreds of
unnecessary regulations to make government more efficient and effective.
"Prior to his service as Attorney General, Bob developed an equally
impressive record as a local prosecutor and as a member of the Virginia
House of Delegates, where he led the fight for some of the most important
legislative accomplishments of the past decade, including the abolition of
parole and welfare reform.
"Bob McDonnell's record extends well beyond his legislative accomplishments.
He has actively supported and promoted the Central Virginia Food Bank, which
provides food to families in need. He helped raise money to keep a private
school open in the City of Petersburg, providing needed educational
alternatives for many children; and he established the Wall of Honor in
recognition of Virginians who have given their lives in the war on terror.
"But more importantly, Bob McDonnell is a good man, a good husband and
father, and a dear friend. I have enjoyed working with him in state
government for the past 14 years. During that time we have developed a
strong personal relationship that is built on trust and respect.
"While I am disappointed to see Bob's tenure as Attorney General end, I
trust that his departure from public service will be brief. Bob McDonnell
has been an exemplary Attorney General and he will make a great Governor for
Virginia. I look forward to joining him on the campaign trail soon as we
carry our message of New Ideas For A Better Virginia to the voters this