RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s top legislative budget writing and oversight panel is questioning Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration for cutting a $6.5 million deal behind its back with the Washington Redskins.
Republicans and Democrats grilled senior administration officials for an hour Monday. The lawmakers asked repeatedly and without success that they validate claims that the wealthy team would leave its massive Loudoun County headquarters and training facility.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Lacey Putney said McDonnell knew the legislature opposed the Redskins’ incentives. Yet, Putney says the governor proceeded anyway without ever notifying him or other senior lawmakers.
McDonnell’s chief of staff said after the inquisition that some panel members were told, but could not identify them.
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