Sheila Johnson Endorses Bob McDonnell?!?

Monday, July 20, 2009

That's what it looks like:
"Sheila Johnson, ex-wife of BET founder, with net worth of $400 million endorses Bob McDonnell (R) for VA Governor."

Also, according to this:

"Sheila Johnson has given $654k to Dems and only $20k to GOP since 2001, mostly to Tim Kaine and his PAC."

WTF?!? Why on earth would someone who's given almost exclusively to Democrats all of a sudden switch to a right wingnut like Bob McDonnell? I'm baffled.

UPDATE: Sheila Johnson is "team president, managing partner, and governor of the WNBA's Washington Mystics." Also, "According to the website in 2008, Sheila Johnson is the world’s first female African-American billionaire."

UPDATE #2: The press release is here. After reading that, I'm even more baffled than I was before. How could anyone in their right mind possibly think that Bob McDonnell has the "bold and innovative leadership to move our state forward?" Remember, this is a guy who said recently he thought George W. Bush was a great model for economic policy. Again, I ask, WTF?!?


  1. Did you not just post a blog about the Democrats running off their wealthy supporters? Why does this shock you. I hear Soros is considering Bob.

    Still, it's got to sting a bit to see a demographic you thought you had in the tank walk away.

    How much do you recon the good Ms. Johnson will donate to Bob, who already has a huge money lead.

    Do you drink, Lowell? You may want to start.

  2. Well, Tom, I guess we'll see who wins this one, the owner of the Caps or the owner of the Mystics. :)

  3. HaHa - one African American declares she supports a Republican, and the Right thinks the election is over.


  4. Hmmm...Leonsis bet on Brian Moran Lowell. Guess he was wrong on that one wasn't he?

  5. She's also part owner (along with Leonsis) of the Caps (that's hockey...and the best team by far in DC). Does anyone think her endorsement will help with the black vote for McDonnnell? How many black people relate to her? Of course, she does have a big bag of money.

    BTW, she's now married to the judge who presided over her divorce.

  6. Can't explain it, but don't feel a need to.

    What matters for Deeds is to appeal better to black voters this fall than he did in 2005, and part of that is not letting take hold a narrative that "Deeds struggles with black voters." This endorsement will matter if Deeds lets such a narrative take hold; if it doesn't, then it matters for a news cycle and that's it.

  7. I just think it's sick that people will almost certainly attack Ms. Johnson for speaking her mind.
    "BTW, she's now married to the judge who presided over her divorce."

    What is that supposed to mean? Judge Newman is an upstanding citizen and very well respected.

    She should be able to endore whoever she thinks will do the best job. Good for her!

  8. Joe: I agree, she has the perfect right to speak her mind and I won't attack her. I will say that I find it almost impossible to understand how a Democrat could endorse a Pat Robertson/George W. Bush Republican like Bob McDonnell. I'm baffled.

  9. Could it be more along the lines of: one is paying attention to me, what can I do to change that? Everyone was paying attention to Doug Wilder just before the 2005 election and look what happened there. I think it's the same thing here.

  10. I think it is a bad omen. I have talked to a lot of African-Americans and most now say they are into "National" politics, not the local stuff. They feel they have now graduated to the majors and no longer care about local politics.

    They see Deeds as, well, just another white guy. I am sure the black vote will return to it's normal apathetic patterns, only more so.

  11. Did Tom just call blacks uppity and lazy?

  12. Did Miles Grant just put words in Tom's mouth?

    sure sounds like it.

    Thankfully that tool will not be our delegate in the 47th!