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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by David Sherfinski

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (Associated Press)

Harry Reid breaks the bank to save Democrats' Senate majority

Senate Majority PAC, far and away the biggest-spending super political action committee of the election cycle — at nearly $25 million — has begun pouring millions of dollars into Michigan, Iowa and Colorado, signaling just how quickly Democrats have shifted to defense heading into November's elections. Published August 15, 2014

** FILE ** U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm speaks at a news conference in a park next to federal court, Monday, April 28, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Staten Island Republican was arrested earlier in the day and pleaded not guilty to a 20-count federal indictment that includes charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and tax fraud. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

DCCC, NRCC up with first ad buys of campaign cycle

The campaign arms for Democrats and Republicans in the House are out with their first independent expenditure ads of the cycle, signifying an early unofficial start to the fall campaign season. Published August 12, 2014

** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney arrives to his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston. President Obama defeated Romney. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Romney pollster to GOP: Don't bank on 'enthusiasm gap'

Neil Newhouse, the pollster for 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said in a new memo that signs are pointing toward a possible Republican wave in the fall — but cautioned the party that relying too much on "voter enthusiasm" could be perilous. Published August 11, 2014

Surrounded by reporters, former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams leaves federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., after testifying Thursday, July 31, 2014. During his testimony, Williams detailed a pattern of requests for gifts by former first lady Maureen McDonnell and a loan that former Gov. Bob McDonnell asked for. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dean Hoffmeyer)

Williams: First lady didn't discuss her relationship with husband

The prosecution's star witness in the corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife testified Friday that virtually all of his correspondence with the first lady dealt with business and that they never discussed her relationship with the governor. Published August 1, 2014

Jonnie Williams, left, former Star Scientific CEO, heads into the Federal courthouse for the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife in Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 31, 2014.  (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

Williams: Maureen McDonnell's high-dollar requests seemed excessive

The prosecution's key witness in the case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife testified Thursday that at times even he was taken aback by the scope and breadth of high-dollar items the first lady asked him to buy for the family. Published July 31, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond with his lawyer, John L. Brownlee. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Alexa Welch Edlund)

Star witness in Bob McDonnell corruption trial refutes 'crush' defense

The prosecution's star witness in the public corruption case against former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife took the stand on Wednesday and quickly undercut the McDonnells' long-standing story that tens of thousands of dollars in gifts, loans, clothes and golf outings he provided them were motivated by friendship. Published July 30, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, walks by reporters as he leaves the Federal Courthouse in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. McDonnell and his wife are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in loans, designer clothes, vacations and a Rolex watch from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

Trips, loans for McDonnell family detailed at trial

A longtime aide to businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. said Wednesday that she couldn't speak to reports of a borderline inappropriate relationship between her boss and former first lady Maureen McDonnell, but she provided details about a number of trips and events she helped plan for the McDonnell family on behalf of the wealthy businessman. Published July 30, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, face federal charges for receiving gifts in exchange for political favors, which the couple denies. (associated press)

Bob McDonnell's defense: Lonely wife developed 'crush' on CEO

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's marriage had broken and his wife developed a crush on a wealthy CEO who heaped expensive gifts and attention on her, defense attorneys said Tuesday in a startling opening to the couple's federal corruption trial. Published July 29, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, face federal charges for receiving gifts in exchange for political favors, which the couple denies. (associated press)

McDonnell trial to test definitions of political corruption

The defense of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has always hinged on several key arguments. For example, the more than $165,000 in loans and gifts from businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. might have been unseemly — even worthy of an apology to the state — but it wasn't illegal. Published July 27, 2014