Republican gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli said Friday that if he could, he would “just write a check” to repay the remaining value of the gifts he received from a prominent donor whose relationship with Gov. Robert F. McDonnell is the subject of state and federal investigations.
Cuccinelli made his remarks to reporters after the Battleground Forum held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. His opponent, Terry McAuliffe, and other Democrats have called on Cuccinelli to return the $18,000 in gifts Cuccinelli has reported receiving from dietary supplement company Star Scientific’s chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr.
Cuccinelli, who serves as Virginia’s attorney general, has maintained that those gifts — including a flight, turkey dinner, stays at Williams’s vacation home and nearly $7,000 in supplements — were intangible items that he is unable to return.
But when pressed about reimbursing for the monetary value, Cuccinelli responded, “You mean just write a check? If I could do that, I just might do that. But that’s just not something I can do, from my family’s perspective.”