Magazine September 21, 2009, Issue

Mr. Suburbia

Bob McDonnell (AP)
What the GOP can learn from Virginia's Bob McDonnell

Arlington, Va. —

Sheila Johnson isn’t just any Virginia Democrat. Co-founder of Black Entertainment Television and part owner of three professional sports franchises, Johnson campaigned robustly for Barack Obama and, according to the Washington Post, has donated more than $600,000 to Virginia’s Democratic governor, Tim Kaine, since 2000, “making her the governor’s second-largest individual donor.” Yet on July 20, the self-described “lifelong Democrat” publicly endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, touting his experience in the business world and lauding “the strength of his character.”

Johnson made clear that her support for McDonnell, who served as Virginia attorney general from 2006 until …

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