A packed house at the Parham Road Virginia Victory office greeted Maureen McDonnell as she stopped by to help out with the phone
calls. After a few minutes of hugs and words of encouragement from old friends and new volunteers, Maureen settled in to make calls for the Republican ticket. This was not a new activity for the former Attorney General Bob McDonnell’s wife. Prior to Bob McDonnell’s run
for governor, she volunteered for phone duty in the last Presidential race. It did take a refresher course to learn the high tech phone system again, but in a couple of minutes, Maureen was up to speed and talking to voters.
Many of those she called requested bumper stickers, yard signs, and some offered to volunteer. She admitted to having a bit of an advantage over the other volunteers. When she identifies herself, people are surprised and honored that the candidate’s wife takes time from her busy schedule to call them. The look on Maureen’s face showed that it was a true joy for her to talk about the next Governor of Virginia to those she called.
Between phone calls, Maureen spoke of her twin boys who are starting their last year of High School soon. Both are avid soccer players and are hoping to find a college that will let them continue their sport while preparing for their future. Maureen spoke of her eldest daughter Jeanine and her wonderful speech at the Republican Convention. We also had the chance to meet Kailin, who just graduated from VCU, as she was accompanying her Mother that evening. She is a smart and beautiful young lady that is contemplating a career in Law Enforcement, perhaps something at the Federal level (wonder where that came from). I asked her if the travel and hectic schedule ever seemed too much. She didn’t miss a beat when she said, “No, not at all. I love helping my Dad.”
Bob and Maureen have truly done a remarkable job in raising five wonderful children who are all individuals, but have a common, shared sense of family.
Maureen said that while she enjoyed hearing Bob’s political speeches, he really shines when he is speaking at non political events, such as schools. When he is in a situation where he can put politics aside and speak from his heart is where you get the true feeling of his convictions. He speaks to the students just like he does his own kids. Giving them valuable insights into how to conduct themselves and what things are really important. I made a mental note to try to attend a non political speech in the near future.
Maureen really is the Mom next door, the busy lady keeping everyone’s schedules running like clockwork. And she has a wonderful sense of humor. She said the twins were registered to vote now, and that gives them 7 family votes for Bob. She proudly added that that is one more than her husband’s opponent.
Maureen and Kailin rushed off for 2 more events they wanted to attend, but not without a few words of thanks to the volunteers that are helping to put Bob McDonnell over the top this November.