In the News: Richmond Times-Dispatch: McDonnell’s aides repeatedly raised red flags on ethics

By MICHAEL MARTZ AND OLYMPIA MEOLA

“Aides flagged these (situations) and were appalled,” said Larry J. Sabato, the director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. “They tried to get the McDonnells to focus on them and in the end, they were overruled.”

“They didn’t know the whole picture,” Sabato said of the governor’s staff. “They thought it was an occasional indiscretion, not that it was potentially selling the office.”

The federal indictment says Williams had in mind an unusual clinical test to prove the anti-inflammatory benefits of Anatabloc: state government employees enrolled in the state health plan.

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