Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was supposed to be in the thick of the race to succeed him. Instead, the Republican found himself relegated to the role of passive observer, keeping busy with other engagements amid a gifts scandal.
Oct. 22, 2013 Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell speaks during an event at Saint Joseph School in Petersburg, Va. The governor, who supported a 2008 fundraising effort that saved the school during his term as Virginia's attorney general, received an award for his support of Catholic education. Patrick Kane/(Petersburg, Va.) Progress-Index via Associated Press Buy Photo