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Rachel Maddow Looks at the Fall of Anti-gay, 'Family Man' Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell: VIDEO

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Following former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's conviction Thursday in the corruptions trial surrounding his use of political office for personal gain, Rachel Maddow took a look back at McDonnell's journey from Pat Robertson-approved 'family values' politician to throw-your-wife-under-the-bus courtroom defendant.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

McDonnell and his wife could face two decades in prison on the 14-count corruption indictment when they are sentenced on Jan 6. 

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Former VA Governor Bob McDonnell Convicted on Corruption Charges in Federal Court: VIDEO

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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was convicted Thursday on 11 of 14 corruption charges while his wife was convicted of eight, the NYT reports:

The 7-man, 5-woman jury returned its findings on its third day of deliberations in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The McDonnells were acquitted of lesser charges of making false statements on loan applications. Ms. McDonnell was convicted on a charge she alone faced, of obstructing a grand jury investigation by trying to make a gift of $20,000 worth of designer dresses and shoes appear to have been a loan. .

The McDonnells were indicted on 14 counts of conspiracy, bribery, extortion and related charges stemming from what prosecutors said was a scheme to sell the office of governor, which Mr. McDonnell occupied through January this year, for $177,000 in gifts and cash from a dietary supplements executive.

Sentencing is set for January. The couple could face decades in jail.

Rachel Maddow detailed the charges in January and how the indictments all went down. Check out her segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rachel Maddow Tracks the Felony Indictment That May Send Bob McDonnell to Jail for Decades: VIDEO

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Late yesterday, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife were charged in federal corruption probe, the WaPo reported:

McdonnellFormer Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were charged Tuesday with illegally accepting gifts, luxury vacations and large loans from a wealthy Richmond area businessman who sought special treatment from state government.

Authorities allege that for nearly two years, the McDonnells repeatedly asked executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. for loans and gifts of money, clothes, golf fees and equipment, trips, and private plane rides. The gifts and loans totaled at least $165,000.

In exchange, authorities allege, the McDonnells worked in concert to lend the prestige of the governor’s office to Williams’s struggling company, Star Scientific, a former small cigarette manufacturer that now sells dietary supplements.

The couple faces a maximum 14-count indictment that could send the couple to prison for decades.

Rachel Maddow tracks how it all went down, AFTER THE JUMP...

Ugly, ugly stuff.

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Governor McDonnell Unmoved by New Poll That Shows Most Virginians Favor Same-Sex Marriage, Gay Adoption

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A new Washington Post poll shows Virginians now support allowing gay people to marry and adopt children:

Forty-seven percent of Virginians say gay couples should be allowed to legally wed, and 43 percent are opposed, according to the poll. Fifty-five percent of Virginians say gay couples should be able to legally adopt children.

The results mirror a dramatic and rapid shift in national public opinion about gay rights in recent years. The evolving public opinion could create a challenge in the key political battleground for the commonwealth’s Republicans, who are almost universally opposed to gay marriage, if voters think the GOP is falling out of sync with the electorate.

Anti-gay Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell doesn't want to hear about it:

“The people of Virginia have spoken by a margin of 57-43. They’ve already enshrined in the Virginia Constitution that gay marriage is not permitted, so unless there is another effort to change the Constitution, that matter is settled. That is the law of the land and, look, reasonable people can disagree on these things. That’s what the law is now. That’s something that I support. That was the right decision.”


Watch: Anti-Gay VA Delegate and HRC Rep. Debate Gay Adoption

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Anti-gay delegate Bob Marshall, who is leading the charge against adoption by gay couples in Virginia, debates Human Rights Campaign Family Project Director Ellen Kahn about a proposal that would allow such adoptions.

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Says Marshall: "The primary problem here is that Governor Kaine, and now...Governor McDonnell's office hasnt done anything about it so far....is that they want private adoption agencies like Catholic Charities to be compelled to accept applications from individuals whose behavior constitutes a violation of a 6,000-year-old moral code ...There is no real justification for imposing this on private agencies who believe [homosexuality] is a disordered behavior."

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell indicated earlier today that he opposes adoption regulations proposed by his predecessor Tim Kaine in 2009 that would allow gay and lesbian couples to adopt children in the state. Currently, married couples, and single men and women regardless of sexual orientation can adopt. 

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VA Gov. Bob McDonnell: I Don't Want Gay Couples Adopting Children [tr]
Governor Bob McDonnell Considers Measure Allowing Gay Couples to Adopt Children in Virginia [tr]

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VA Gov. Bob McDonnell: I Don't Want Gay Couples Adopting Children

This morning I mentioned that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was coming up on a deadline for a proposal to allow gays to adopt in the state of Virginia. Today O'Donnell made his opposition to the measure clear, the Washington Post reports:

Mcdonnell “I know I had said during the campaign that I would essentially keep our adoption laws -- which I think are good -- the way they are now,’’ McDonnell said. “I think the current regulations that are in place seem to be working well.”

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The proposal, according to the governor’s office, would mandate that gay singles and unmarried couples be able to access faith-based groups, such as Catholic Charities and Jewish Family Services, to adopt children.

“I don’t think we ought to force Catholic Charities to make that part of their policy or other similar situated groups,’’ McDonnell said. “Many of our adoption agencies are faith-based groups that ought to be able to establish what their own policies are. Current regulations that say you can’t discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin I think are proper. I think previous efforts to expand that to a number of other classes are going to have very strict scrutiny to make sure that we don’t inhibit the very fine work some faith-based organizations are doing.”

Anti-gay Delegate Bob Marshall has been lobbying McDonnell to recommend that the State Board of Social Services kill the proposal, which prompted Equality Virginia to counter with an email blast:

“A massive email campaign by organizations that have opposed every regulatory and legislative effort to afford gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender Virginians the basic human right to live, work and raise their children in the Commonwealth free from discrimination resulted in a flurry of comments...opposing the non-discrimination provision included in the proposed rules,’’ the group wrote in its email.

Currently, married couples, and single men and women regardless of sexual orientation can adopt. 

You may recall that early last year following outrage over Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's advice that public universities should rescind their bylaws protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination, Governor Bob McDonnell issued an unenforceable "directive" saying the state should not discriminate based on sexual orientation.

McDonnell previously signed an executive order which explicitly removed language protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination from the state's anti-bias laws.


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