McDonnell vetoed the bill, saying legislators had sent him maps that might violate state and federal laws and that split too many counties, cities and towns. House Republicans said they felt as if McDonnell supported Senate Republicans, who had voted en masse against the proposal and cheered his veto, over them.
“I would prefer amendments — a veto doesn’t seem very productive,’’ Del. David B. Albo (R-Fairfax) said.
The governor called Howell, Jones and Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax) at 10:30 a.m. the day of the veto to tell them about his decision before it was announced publicly.
Howell did not return a call Friday seeking comment. Jones said he told McDonnell that he didn’t agree with the governor’s decision.
Two days later, the 61-member House Republican caucus held a Sunday night conference call to discuss the veto. Many complained about the governor and his office, several lawmakers said.