As we know, the race for Governor of Virginia has already begun. I have talked with several persons who have expressed their interest. 

I have made known that the people deserve and demand responsibility, accountability, and transparency from every elected and appointed leader, especially those seeking that high office; nothing short of this is adequate.

Money has been described as “the mother’s milk of politics.” I share that belief and have publicly proclaimed that on numerous occasions. 

I would think those seeking that office have an obligation to demonstrate — by example — that they will safeguard the monies and resources of the people of our commonwealth.

Additionally, the shirking of responsibility and silence by those already in leadership positions across the commonwealth weighs heavily on emerging candidates seeking higher office in Virginia.

The resources for the education of all Virginians are one example of spending imbalances that need direct and total disclosure, especially in Richmond. 

An incendiary example of this is the VCU Clay Street real estate development failure. Those in leadership positions are legally required to account for the $100 million waste of taxpayer dollars by VCU.  I have strongly made this known to those who have talked with me about their running for Governor.

The current Governor stated the revelation of the $100 million wasted dollars has been a “wake-up call” for him, yet he has said and done nothing since becoming woke.

The Attorney General said his office did not provide legal advice for this real estate deal. This statement contradicts the emails released through Freedom of Information Act requests, clearly indicating that President Rao was, in fact, receiving legal advice from the Attorney General’s Office.

The Board of Visitors is charged with making many decisions that impact our students, including setting tuition rates. They are appointed by the Governor and approved by the General Assembly.

Who got the money? Why did Rao fire VCU Health CEO Art Kellermann after he repeatedly said it was a “bad deal”? What were the conflicts of interest by board members, as reported by the consultants VCU subsequently paid to investigate?  Why is the president of the university, who was also chairman of the board, not required to report to the people? 

The truth will come out; the only question is when.

It is incumbent for those in leadership and those seeking to lead to account for this waste of taxpayer dollars.

These questions will not go away, “the people will be heard.” 

Stay tuned.

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