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Former Va. governor has worst week in Washington

Robert McDonnell made history this past week – but not the good kind – when he became the first Virginia governor to be convicted of a crime.

And not just one crime. A federal jury found McDonnell guilty of 11 counts of public corruption related to his relationship with a businessman named Jonnie Williams. Williams lavished the governor and his family with almost $180,000 in gifts, from watches to shopping sprees to straight cash.

What was even more stunning was the fact that McDonnell could have avoided humiliation, not to mention the near-certain prison time he and his wife now face. He was offered, and he rejected, a plea deal proposed by federal prosecutors that would have had him plead guilty to a single count and allowed his wife to escape any charges. So McDonnell proved he wasn’t just corrupt but also inept.