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McDonnell joins Spielberg one day, Trump the next

It’s good to be governor.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and filmmaker Steven Spielberg at the Executive Mansion. ( Michaele White, Governor’s Photographer)

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) had the legendary filmmaker over to the Executive Mansion Monday along with members of the production team for “Lincoln,” a feature film Spielberg will start shooting this month in and around Richmond and Petersburg.

McDonnell will rub elbows at a private reception with Trump on Tuesday afternoon, less than 24 hours later, when the business mogul, reality TV star, former presidential hopeful and newly minted vintner marks the opening of Trump Vineyard Estates in Charlottesville.

Looks like lots of fun, but McDonnell’s office assures us that “Bob’s (still) for jobs!”

The Spielberg film, based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book “Team of Rivals,” is expected give a boost to the state’s motion picture and video production industry, which in 2009 generated 2,700 jobs and contributed $346 million to the economy.

Same goes for Trump and Virginia’s wine industry, which employed more than 3,000 people and contributed almost $350 million annually to the state economy in 2005, the most recent year for which figures were available.

“The projects are neat but the jobs are what matter,” McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said.

“Steven Spielberg is creating movie jobs in Richmond. Donald Trump is creating wine jobs in Charlottesville,” Martin added. “Now we just need Mark Zuckerberg to move Facebook to Danville and we’d have the trifecta!”

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.


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