In the Richmond Times-Dispatch, David Ress reports that Wilder aide Paul Goldman has been suspended without pay for six weeks for his work for the Kaine campaign. Goldman, Wilder’s right-hand man, accepted a $15,000 payment from the Kaine campaign three days after Wilder endorsed Kaine, which looks very much like a bribe. (I’m not saying it was — I have no idea. But it looks like one.) Goldman has done GOTV consultancy for many years, and he and the Kaine campaign say that’s just what he was doing this time.
Even if it was all on the up-and-up, it creates the appearance of impropriety for the mayor’s office. And if Mayor Wilder ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.