Battle-scarred McDonnell at ‘pivot point’ of leadership

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“The result is a major new investment in the commonwealth by the Redskins, the retention of the team’s corporate headquarters and an additional commitment by the team to another region of the state as well,” Ms. Thornley said. “This means more jobs and increased tax revenue for Virginia: a very positive outcome in this tough economy.”

Skeptical lawmakers say that Virginia, with lower tax rates and a better business climate than the other proposed locations, was never in danger of losing the Redskins anyway.

“We’ve all been grumbling about it,” said Mr. Albo, who added that when the governor’s office approached lawmakers during the legislative session, he couldn’t think of any delegates who were in favor of it. “I love the governor. There’s no bigger fan than Dave Albo. Just choked the Redskins thing. But he’s batting .900 with me.”

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