Over the Fourth of July weekend, rumors broke on the conservative blog Bearing Drift that McDonnell would soon resign as part of a plea bargain over potential corruption charges. The FBI and the state are reportedly investigating McDonnell's gift-filled relationship with Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplement company Star Scientific. Williams' company is the subject of a separate federal investigation.
McDonnell publicly dismissed those claims on Monday, calling them "really bad rumors."
So did his spokesman.
Pundits, too, called a McDonnell resignation unthinkable.
As if that wasn't bad enough, on Tuesday, the Washington Post dealt perhaps the heaviest single blow to McDonnell yet, reporting $120,000 more in undisclosed gifts from Williams to McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.