Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who could probably use all the laughs he can get these days, left office by scaring the hell out of his successor.
Newly sworn-in Governor Terry McAuliffe had his first night in the governor’s mansion interrupted Monday morning when an alarm clock set by McDonnell went off at 4 AM. The torment continued later that day when McAuliffe decided to test out the private bathroom attached to the governor’s office.
McAuliffe opened the door to find a massive, taxidermied black bear staring him down. McDonnell reportedly borrowed the stuffed beast from his natural resources secretary, Doug Domenech. The former governor also left a note pinned to the bear, reading “It can get pretty wild in the governor’s mansion.”
McDonnell, who is waiting to find out whether he’ll be indicted for his involvement in a gifts scandal, would know about wild times in the governor’s mansion, be they weekend raids of kitchen equipment or late-night liquor and tampon runs, as the McDonnell family’s former chef, Todd Schneider, recounts in the February issue of Washingtonian.
Pranking an incoming governor is apparently a time-honored tradition in Richmond. McDonnell himself was greeted by cell phones hidden in an elevator shaft by Tim Kaine. Kaine, in turn, entered the governor’s mansion to find a cardboard cut-out of Mark Warner waiting for him in the shower.