January 13, 1994 |
Gov. L. Douglas Wilder said Wednesday that he will not challenge fellow Democrat Charles S. Robb for his U.S. Senate seat. After completing his final State of the Commonwealth Address, Wilder announced that he was leaving politics after a two-decade career capped by a historic term as the nation's first elected black governor. "At this stage in my life I feel the need to take another direction," said Wilder, who turns 63 this month.
July 27, 1991 |
Gov. L. Douglas Wilder said that he will reimburse the state nearly $2,700 for using the state jet to go to New York City on a vacation last week. Wilder, criticized last year for using state aircraft for personal trips, took the jet to John F. Kennedy International Airport on July 14 and returned to Richmond, Va., on the jet last Sunday, state records show.
July 8, 1991 |
For the second time in less than a week, Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder issued an apology Sunday for public comments he had made, and this time he acknowledged that such incidents could damage his credibility as a potential candidate for President. Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," Wilder conceded that reporters had been misled by his repeated statements that he had nothing to do with a short-lived state police investigation that involved his political rival, Sen. Charles S. Robb (D-Va.).
June 19, 1991 |
Virginia's two top Democrats, Gov. L. Douglas Wilder and Sen. Charles S. Robb, called an end Tuesday to a bizarre public argument involving allegations of wiretapping, womanizing and political skulduggery that may have hurt their once-favorable prospects for national office. Beaming as they stood side by side at an outdoor press conference on Capitol Hill, the two offered no apologies to each other and no clear explanation for their recent behavior.
June 13, 1991 |
The FBI and Virginia State Police said Wednesday that they are investigating allegations that Gov. L. Douglas Wilder's phone calls were illegally recorded. The federal-state investigation moves a political feud between Wilder and Sen. Charles S. Robb--the state's top Democrats and two men considered potential presidential candidates--into the law enforcement arena.
June 12, 1991 |
Sen. Charles S. Robb (D-Va.) placed three top aides on leave Tuesday and hired a prominent Washington lawyer to help him deal with the controversy over the taping of Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder's phone calls. Virginia Atty. Gen. Mary Sue Terry has asked the FBI and state police to investigate the wiretapping, a law enforcement source in Virginia said. That source and others spoke on condition of anonymity. Attempts to confirm Terry's request were not immediately successful.