Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Some Interesting Info On The New Virginia Governor
Hmmm, learn something new every day

Here's some of the article from the AP;
Bob McDonnell: Catholic family formed life views
By BOB LEWIS (AP)

RICHMOND, Va. — The new Republican governor-elect of Virginia brings to the office firmly conservative views that took root in the suburban, middle-class Irish Catholic home of his youth.

Robert Francis McDonnell, 55, was one of five children of a stay-at-home mom and a father he still describes as "a tough, Boston Irish-Catholic Air Force officer who wasn't afraid to use the belt."

McDonnell was hardly a rebel — childhood chums recall him as a straight-arrow type. As a teen, he scored the only touchdown Bishop Ireton High School could muster against the undefeated 1971 T.C. Williams High football team immortalized in the movie "Remember the Titans."

McDonnell's Catholicism drew him to Notre Dame University on a ROTC scholarship. But it was back home where he met Maureen Gardner, a Washington Redskins cheerleader who became his wife and mother of their three daughters and twin sons.

After college, McDonnell was an Army officer in Europe, then worked as an executive for a major hospital supply firm, moving as far west as Kansas City before settling his family in Virginia Beach.

He will become only the second Catholic governor of Virginia.

1 Comments:

Blogger bobw45 said...

VSC said: "After college, McDonnell was an Army officer in Europe, then worked as an executive for a major hospital supply firm, moving as far west as Kansas City before settling his family in Virginia Beach."

Well shucks! Va governor Tim Kaine is from K.C. and graduated from my alma mater, Jesuit run Rockhurst High. Small world. I have two cousins (both retired Navy) who now live in the east. Why anyone would want to leave the central U.S. and move to the east side is beyond me.

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