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Wilder’s son gets education position

Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed Larry Wilder, the son of former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, as a special assistant on re-entry education.

The younger Wilder practiced law for 14 years but more recently has been involved in what a press release described as “designing and implementing community and economic development models.”

He served most recently as a consultant with Unisphere Development Strategies, which developed plans to foster economic opportunity in low-income communities.

He pleaded guilty in May 2000 to a misdemeanor count or possession of cocaine and acknowledged that he had used the drug for seven years.

In 2007, he pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts related to his role as chairman of his father’s gubernatorial campaign fund. About $170,000 disappeared from the fund disappeared during the period that Wilder acknowledged he was addicted to the drug.

The Virginia State Bar issued a public reprimand with terms after the federal conviction, and the VSB says he is an associate member in good standing.

The elder Wilder, a Democrat, pointedly did not endorse McDonnell’s Democratic opponent, Creigh Deeds, in last year’s governor’s race, and his failure to do so was regarded as a political coup for McDonnell.

By Alan Cooper

One comment

  1. This would seem to explain a great deal to a cynical observer. As it happened, Gov. McDonnell certainly did not need Gov. Wilder’s virtual endorsement in the 2009 race.

    But in the wake of the Confederate History Month boondoggle, that same tacit support (or more) could help our current Governor quite a bit in any future political endeavors. And Wilder, having already taken much of any hit he would take for cuddling with McD, stands to lose little for future support — all of which is beside the fact that Wilder is far enough along in years to do pretty much whatever he wants. This appointment therefore looks like a down-payment on a political insurance policy for McD (so long as Wilder doesn’t renege).

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