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VA Gov. Bob McDonnell Won't Acknowledge, Meet with His Trans Activist Former Brother-in-Law


The Washington Post profiles Robyn Deane, the trans activist and former brother-in-law of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who spoke out against the governor's anti-gay policies in April.

McDonnell would rather Robyn just went away.

The WaPo writes: "McDonnell, who has turned down invitations from Deane to meet and has not spoken publicly about her, declined to comment for this article. 'This is a personal matter,' said his spokesman, Tucker Martin. 'The governor wishes Robyn the very best.' Deane and McDonnell, who met when they were 22 and began dating sisters from a large Northern Virginia family, became close despite religious and philosophical differences as they raised their families, Deane said."

Deane's video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. He was endorsed by the Virginia Log Cabin Republicans, despite a history of virulently homophobic statements. How's that working out!? Another Log Cabin success story, just like Linda Lingle, Scott Brown, Chris Christie, Charles Djou, etc., etc., etc.

    Posted by: Patric | Jul 16, 2010 2:39:44 PM

  2. Deane is trying to politicize a one-time family relationship. Why should a governor play that game.

    McDonnell is a horse's ass, but he's right on this one. He was no obligation to give someone their fifteen minutes of fame.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jul 18, 2010 9:26:40 AM

  3. I don't really understand why the governor would be expected to have anything to do with somebody who is no longer a member of his family. Just because this woman is trans doesn't mean that the governor should be expected to do wade into what I'm sure is a crazy situation for his family.

    Posted by: tacotaco | Jul 18, 2010 9:30:42 AM

  4. McDonnell is a horse's ass but he's right on this one. An ex relative by marriage is trying to use his office for her 15 minutes of fame. He'd be nuts to fall into that trap.

    That said, he's still a horses's ass.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jul 18, 2010 9:32:45 AM

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