WAMU-FM, January 23, 2014
Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington, says that before the scandal, McDonnell was in an excellent position to make a push for the 2016 Republican nomination for president.
“Governor McDonnell really could have had it all in politics. He had a very successful four years as governor until this scandal. He passed a transportation bill that was the biggest bill in more than two decades. He was able to build a lot of support among moderate voters despite having very Christian, conservative oriented Republican perspective,” says Farnsworth.