McDonnell Goes Home, Complains That His Critics Are “Uncivil and Partisan”

Yesterday, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell went running home to Pat Robertson and his Regent University to complain that his critics are “unnecessarily uncivil and partisan”:

Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday that harsh critics of his plan to overhaul how Virginia reinstates voting rights for felons are being “unnecessarily uncivil and partisan.”

McDonnell swung through Hampton Roads Tuesday for a leadership luncheon at Regent University, the mid-Atlantic DUI conference in Virginia Beach and an engineering gathering at Old Dominion University.

The daylong tour was a welcome respite for McDonnell, who has endured national scrutiny and criticism for recent Richmond controversies. Last week, McDonnell was forced to apologize for issuing a Confederate History Month proclamation that did not mention slavery.

“It’s been a busy few weeks,” McDonnell told a crowd of 500 at Regent.

And of course Robertson was there to personally welcome McDonnell back:

Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., made a trip this week to the place that helped start his political career. He was the featured speaker for Regent University’s Executive Leadership Series in Virginia Beach, Va.

“It’s the most votes for any candidate for governor in the history of Virginia,” said Regent University and CBN founder Dr. Pat Robertson. “I am very proud that this gentleman is also a distinguished alumnus of Regent University.”

The governor also said successful leaders have certain traits, including a good attitude and a focus on results, not rhetoric. He added that leaders also need to put people first and engage in what he called “servant leadership.” He cited the Bible as his point of reference.

“It reflects those words of Jesus, who said that the greatest among you is the servant of all, and the fact that He came not to be served, but to serve,” McDonnell said. “I think that is the model for servant leadership.”