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McDonnell trial 'not good for Virginia,' declares Gov. McAuliffe

Bob McDonnell, right, and Terry McAuliffe. (AP file photo)
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ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – Usually when asked a question about his state, no matter the subject, ever-loquacious Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is a veritable warehouse of words.

Ask a simple question, get a zillion-word answer.

Well, most of the time, anyway.

Not Wednesday. At least not when it came to his predecessor’s ongoing corruption trial in Richmond.

During his monthly one-hour appearance on WTOP radio’s “Ask the Governor” show, one of the hosts inevitably asked McAuliffe about the sensational proceedings going on just down the road from the Executive Mansion, where Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, once resided.

McAuliffe responded with all of 43 words directly related to the subject, and only after beginning the answer by saying – in long-form Terry -- that he’d been in Danville the past couple of days dealing with economic concerns.

Then came the rare short-form Terry.

“But clearly, you know, I read the newspapers,” McAuliffe said. “This is not good for Virginia, obviously, so. . . But the judicial system is playing out -- it is what it is.

“But I’m not spending any time on it. . . I am focused going 480 miles an hour on the things that I think will move Virginia forward.”

Not a distraction, then, from moving Virginia forward?

“No,” he said. “I’m not even focused on it.”

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