Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has already been convicted on multiple charges of corruption and now current Gov. Terry McAuliffe is in hot water after the Washington Post revealed that his top aide offered to get a legislator’s daughter a job if he would stay in the assembly and vote to expand Medicaid.
The situation began as an investigation into corruption by Republicans, who arranged a cushy job for then-state Sen. Phillip Puckett, a Democrat who resigned to take that job and flipped control to the Republicans, who then voted down a bill that would have expanded Medicaid. But now it looks like McAuliffe was doing the same thing for Puckett’s daughter:
Puckett’s abrupt exit came amid accusations that Republicans had enticed him to leave with job offers for himself and his daughter, triggering an ongoing federal investigation and inflaming partisan passions in Richmond.
Now a voice-mail message suggests that Puckett fielded a similar overture from Paul Reagan, McAuliffe’s chief of staff.
The governor’s spokesman initially denied Thursday that Reagan had made any potential job offers, but he later acknowledged that the call had been made after he was read a transcript of Reagan’s message given to The Washington Post.
“Mr. Reagan acted on his own to inform the senator that there were other available opportunities for which his daughter might apply,” McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said. “No further conversations about this topic ever occurred. No position was ever formally offered.”
“I know there was a lot of frustration with your daughter, not, you know, getting a judgeship or something,” Reagan said, according to the transcript provided to The Post. “If there’s something that we can do for her, I mean, you know, we have a couple of big agencies here that we still need agency heads. We could potentially, potentially, subject to approval of the governor and so forth, you know, the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy could be available.
“So we would be very eager to accommodate her, if, if that would be helpful in keeping you in the Senate. We, we would basically do anything. We just need you really, we need you for the rest of your term and beyond, but in the immediate future, we need you to help us get this Medicaid deal through and I think we’ve got a way to do it.”
Sounds like that federal investigation needs to be expanded. It wasn’t just Republicans offering sweet deals to get a vote.