You remember her: The Iraq war vet and defense contractor, 32, was a huge asset during McDonnell’s 2009 campaign when he was under fire from women’s groups. She sang the National Anthem at his inauguration in 2010, and was a speaker at the Republican convention last year, where she appeared just before Sen. John McCain and railed against cutting the Pentagon’s budget.
Her groom, 28, worked in the governor’s office as chief of operations — or as McDonnell called him, “chief of stuff” which kept him constantly on the road with the governor. He met Jeanine during the 2009 campaign but they didn’t start dating until several months after the inauguration, Zubowsky told the Richmond Times-Dispatch last year. The couple got engaged in December 2011.
The ceremony was held at Norfolk’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the reception at the Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, reports the Virginian-Pilot. This is the first marriage for both the bride and groom.
The wedding was not announced by the governor’s office and not on McDonnell’s official schedule. The last McDonnell nups sparked the ongoing FBI probe into whether a close family friend and donor improperly paid the $15,000 catering bill for Cailin’s 2011 wedding.
Jeanine’s name has surfaced in a different dustup: The embezzlement case of former executive mansion chef Todd Schneider, who alleges the McDonnell family took advantage of state goods and services. Schneider claims Jeanine lived at a gubernatorial beach cottage for several months in 2012, and — along with her two sisters — was given pots and pans from the mansion by her mother.
A quick peek at her four wedding registries (Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel) shows the couple asked for a mahogany queen-size bed, dressers, wine glasses, linens, bakeware, lamps, a turkey fryer. . . and an $499.95 eight-piece set of Calphalon pots and pans, which someone purchased as a wedding gift.
Story updated 5.p.m. Monday