HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) - It's getting hot in the Governor's seat after an article in the Washington Post reported McDonnell's corporation and family received $120,000 from a businessman and political donor named Jonnie Williams. The money and relationship are now under state and federal investigation.
Senator Barbara Favola of Arlington called for McDonnell's resignation during an interview with a Washington TV station Wednesday.
"I don't see what purpose there is in continuing to stay in that office when there's been such a violation of the contract between the governor and Virginians," Favola said.
The Washington Post report revealed Williams, CEO of a company called Star Scientific, paid $70,000 to a firm the governor owns with his sister, and paid the governor's wife, Maureen, $50,000.
Mrs. McDonnell promoted William's products, including a kickoff event at the Governor's Mansion.
The Washington Post reports Williams also took her on a shopping spree in New York City and gave her an expensive Rolex, which she gave to the governor.
Williams is also the man who paid a $15,000 catering bill at McDonnell's daughter's wedding. The governor said he did not report that because he believed it was a gift to her.
Favola sees that as a big problem. "The governor does not really understand what accountability and transparency is," she said.
Virginia ethics law is among the most lax in the country. It allows the governor to accept gifts under $50 and report any over that amount. Family members are not required to disclose gifts. McDonnell contends he has broken no law.
"It's hurt me personally," McDonnell said about the controversy. "In 37 years, no one has raised questions about my integrity or my character."
While McDonnell has not directly responded to the call for his resignation, he did talk about it generally.
"I don't know where these things are coming from. Some of the press accounts have been completely out of control, about rumors, about resignation and so forth," McDonnell said. "I am thoroughly enjoying and being incredibly productive, I think, with my team as governor of Virginia. We've got an awful lot of things we want to do."
10 On Your side called all 29 senators and delegates representing Hampton Roads to ask where each stands on the call for McDonnell's resignation. Only four responded.
Senator Harry Blevins and Delegate Gordon Helsel -- both republicans -- and democratic Senator Mamie Locke all stand behind the governor. They say it is premature to ask for a resignation when McDonnell hasn't been convicted or even charged with any crime.
Democrat Jeion Ward would like to hear from the governor and investigators, but said what she has heard already is enough to call for his resignation.
However, much of what is happening in this controversy with the governor stems from another lawsuit.
Todd Schneider, former head chef at the Governor's Mansion, is accused of stealing from the house's kitchen for his personal catering business. Schneider told investigators he was told to take the items as part of payment for catering private events for the Governor.
Schneider also told investigators the McDonnell family took things. Earlier this week, McDonnell reimbursed the state $2,400 for the food and items -- mostly cold cuts, Gatorade and laundry detergent -- taken by his children during visits home from college.
A routine traffic stop in Chesapeake resulted in a three-city pursuit Friday morning.
Wet weather is expected to move into the area over the weekend, forcing some areas to cancel or change their holiday events.
Four vehicles were involved in a crash on Route 17 in Gloucester Friday morning.