Welcome to the post-McDonnell era of gift-giving and -taking in Richmond. Gov. Terry McAuliffe, citing his own executive order barring gifts of more than $100, recently sent a letter, reproduced below, to Dan Snyder thanking him for nearly $500-worth of custom Redskins gear—and notifying him that he’d reimbursed the team $409.90.
As interesting as his civic ethics is the insight into the governor’s feelings about the slur-factor that has made the team’s name controversial. McAuliffe has defended Snyder’s right to call his business what he likes, saying he only looks at the economic benefits the team brings to Virginia. His letter, which is sprinkled liberally with the term—“Go Redskins!” he allows himself at one point—depicts the governor as more pro-slur than he lets on, even telling Snyder he’ll be wearing his new team togs “with honor and pride,” a phrase taken from Snyder’s campaign defending the name.