McDonnell had stated at least five times that he would not reject any stimulus money, including saying in February that “we ought to take it to the maximum degree as possible.” [Washington Post, 2/27/09]
On February 27, 55 local elected officials from across Virginia signed a letter to McDonnell asking him whether he would join Governors like Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin in rejecting portions of federal stimulus funds.
In a response letter on March 4, McDonnell responded emphatically that he would accept federal funds. “If I am Governor I am not going to deny the taxpayers of Virginia the federal funding that they and their children are paying for.”
I guess that it is now apparent that McDonnell will keep faith with his party ideologues even if it means selling out the citizens of the Commonwealth.