WASHINGTON, D.C. — Confirmation of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s cabinet is on hold while Virginia officials study a report that the governor’s choice for Commerce and Trade secretary violated anti-lobbying policies while working as an Obama appointee.
Matthew Moran, communications director for Speaker of the House Bill Howell, said Virginia delegates are taking their time to review an investigative report and testimony from the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that raise concerns about the conduct of Maurice Jones, former HUD deputy secretary.
“We are aware of the reports and they certainly gave us pause,” Moran said in an email. “…We want to carefully review the inspector general’s report and the committee hearing before making any decisions. We spoke with the (McAuliffe) administration and they’re aware of our decision.”