McDonnell Responds to Malek Controversy
Governor Bob McDonnell took time Friday to respond to calls that he replace one of his advisors, Fred Malek, for his role in trying to eliminate Jews from the Nixon administration. Craig Carper reports.
Governor Bob McDonnell has drawn fire from several Democratic organizations over the past several weeks for his selection of Fred Malek to head his Government Reform Commission.
During his time working for the Nixon administration, Malek provided the president with a list of Jews working at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Malek responded to his critics Friday afternoon.
Malek: Over my five decades of public service, I’ve made mistakes. That was the biggest one I’ve ever made in my life. I think I’ve apologized and atoned for it. I’ve learned from it and it’s time to move on.
Despite the controversy Governor McDonnell has stuck by Malek.
McDonnell: I have great confidence in Fred Malek. So those Democrats that just want to complain, and aren’t interested in reform, don’t want to get things done, I’d tell them to get out of the way.
The bi-partisan Government Reform Commission, will be holding meetings throughout the summer and presenting their recommendations in August.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square.