Governor McDonnell overseas, says he won’t resign

Posted at 11:11 AM, Jul 24, 2013

KABUL, Afghanistan (WTVR) – Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is in the Middle East visiting U.S. service members stationed in Kuwait and Afghanistan, the governor’s office announced Wednesday. The governor, along with Montana Governor Steve Bullock, arrived in Kuwait Tuesday afternoon.

The trip comes one week after the governor’s one-week vacation.

Tuesday CBS 6 reporter Joe St. George asked the governor’s office why Governor McDonnell had no public appearance scheduled this week. The governor’s spokesman said McDonnell was “actively engaged in state business but does not have any public events.”

Today the governor’s office said, “For security reasons, details of the governor’s trip were not publicly disclosed in advance.”

Governor Bob McDonnell in the Middle East (PHOTO: Department of Defense)

Governor Bob McDonnell in the Middle East (PHOTO: Department of Defense)

McDonnell’s first trip to Kuwait and Afghanistan comes the same week as he apologized for the “embarrassment certain members of my family and I brought upon my beloved Virginia and her citizens.”

He also announced he paid back more than $120,000 in personal loans given to him by donor and Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.

McDonnell made those announcements via Twitter and not through a traditional press conference.

In an interview with NBC4 in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, the governor reiterated he had no plans to resign.

“I’m not going anywhere. I love this job … there has been no consideration of that,” McDonnell told News4.

The governor’s office said Governor McDonnell was invited to the Middle East by the Department of Defense.

“As an Army veteran, and the father of a daughter who served in the Army in Iraq, it is particularly meaningful to me to have had this opportunity to visit our troops serving in Kuwait and Afghanistan, including members of the Virginia National Guard,” Governor McDonnell said in a statement.

Governor McDonnell is scheduled to return to Virginia on Friday.