Guest Host: Marc Fisher

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks to the press Jan. 6 after sentencing.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks to the press Jan. 6 after sentencing.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday, four months after he was convicted of 11 counts of public corruption. While the conviction was a surprise to many, the relative leniency of the sentence was also unexpected for some. Guest host Marc Fisher and our panel explore the ruling and its implications.


  • Michael Pope Northern Virginia reporter, WAMU 88.5; political reporter, Connection Newspapers; Author, "Hidden History of Alexandria, D.C." (The History Press)
  • Quentin Kidd Vice Provost; Director, Wason Center for Public Policy, Christopher Newport University

Coverage: McDonnell Trial

Previous coverage of the Bob McDonnell trial on The Kojo Nnamdi Show:

Reaction To McDonnell’s Guilty Charge (Politics Hour, Sept. 5, 2014)

The McDonnell Trial Gets Personal (July 31, 2014)

Charges Filed Against Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell (Jan 22., 2014)

Video: McDonnell Reaction

“The Virginia way is dead,” Quentin Kidd, a professor of political science and the director of the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, told The Kojo Nnamdi Show when Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was convicted in September.

“It’s a part of history that we’re nostalgically reaching for,” Kidd said, “but I just don’t think it exists in the modern Virginia that is a state with a very competitive political environment … an environment that is much more amenable to lobbyists and business people.”

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