There is a storm brewing in Virginia because the top two officials in the state fell victim to a disease that seems to befall most elected officials:Â Vacationitis.Â Vacationitis is not what we, the plebeian masses experience, to wit, â€œI really need a vacation.â€Â Nay, nay, vacationitis is a disease of the elected class.Â They want a vacation, but need to have someone else pay for it. Or they use someone elseâ€™s house.Â Or they ride on someone elseâ€™s jet to get there.Â And once there, they float on
someone elseâ€™s boat and have dinners at someone elseâ€™s house.Â The Clintons used a friendâ€™s house at Martha â€˜s Vineyard and had the late Walter Cronkite take them out on his boat.Â The Obamas also frequent the Vineyard in someone elseâ€™s house.
Enter Virginiaâ€™s attorney general and would-be governor, Ken Cuccinelli.Â Businessman and political donor, Jonnie R. Williams, let Mr. Cuccinelli use a vacation home on Smith Mountain Lake near Roanoke and paid for a $1,500 Thanksgiving dinner.Â Buy your own turkey! The information comes to us via Todd Schneider, a former chef for Governor Bob McDonnell.Â Oh, and Mr. McDonnell stands accused of
having Mr. Williams pay for his daughterâ€™s $15,000 wedding reception.
Also, Mr. Cuccinelli bought $20,000 in stock in Mr. Williamâ€™s company, Star Scientific.Â Mrs. McDonnell flew on Mr. Williamsâ€™ jet to Florida to promote Antabloc, a dietary supplement made by Star Scientific.Â Mrs. McDonnell also gave a luncheon at the Executive Mansion to introduce a new Star Scientific product.Â Mr. Cuccinelli
received a box of Antabloc. Buy your own joint supplements! Oh, and Mr. Williams in in litigation with the state of Virginia over $700,000 in back taxes.Â Until just recently, Mr. Cuccinelli had refused to recuse himself and his office from the Williams tax
There is but one conclusion: serious conflicts of interest going on in Virginia.Â An investigation is ongoing to determine whether there are other issues, including delays in reporting the Williams connection, Williams gifts, and other things Williams.
The two men are bright and capable leaders.Â Why do so many with bright futures risk all that they have for a big vacation house? For avoiding a big wedding reception bill? For a box of joint supplements?Â For a stock tip?Â The rest of us slog along housed in rental condos with mismatched furniture in frightening colors and bent forks in the
tiny kitchens of rental class properties.Â We buy our own Osteo-Flex.Â And we
grin and bear the costs of our childrenâ€™sâ€™ wedding receptions.Â Somehow, on our limited budgets, we make ends meet.Â Thereâ€™s a certain pride in having done so, on our own.Â Why is it that our elected officials canâ€™t understand the dignity of paying your own way?