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In this image, released by the Virginia Republican Party, an invitation touts a Republican Party fundraiser featuring Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in Richmond on Wednesday. State party Chairman Pat Mullins sent the invitation to party activists across the commonwealth.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (center) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left) speak Aug. 24 in Mineral, Va., with businessman B.J. Singh after his store was damaged by last week's earthquake. The distribution of disaster-relief funds has caused political backlash in Virginia.

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, appeared with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, together Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" in their roles as chairmen of their parties' governors associations. (Associated Press)

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Drew Angerer/The Washington Times Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (center) marks the occasion solemnly as the colors are presented at the opening ceremony of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run on Thursday in Manassas, Va.. At right is Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell.

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Drew Angerer/The Washington Times Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell addresses the opening ceremony of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run on Thursday in Manassas, Va.

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he announces a $311 million revenue surplus for fiscal year 2011 during a news conference as Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, right, and Secretary of Finance, Ric Brown, center, listen at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, July 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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**FILE** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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BARBARA L. SALISBURY/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell received a favorable rating on his job performance after 16 months in office. A poll determined that 55 percent of the respondents like what he is doing, compared with 26 percent who don't.

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is taking only small steps to promote clean energy and protect the Chesapeake Bay, environmental activists say. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell greets children at Barcroft Elementary in Arlington as he leaves Tuesday's rally to launch the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign. "Some of you are going to have a very busy future, and so you all need to make sure you're eating right," Mr. McDonnell told them. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., is seen on the Statehouse steps during a Virginia Call to Prayer Day event, in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, April 6, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, R-Va. left, talks with Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va., on the Statehouse steps during a Virginia Call to Prayer Day event, in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, April 6, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures during a press conference detailing the Republican agenda for the 2011 session of the General Assembly as Virginia Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, left, and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, right, listen at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures during a press conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Aug. 16, 2010.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds makes a speech to supporters after losing the Virginia governor's race to Republican Bob McDonnell, at his election results event in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009. At far left is Deed's son, Gus Deeds.

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Ken Cuccinelli, attorney general-elect; Bob McDonnell, governor-elect; and Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling (from left) receive cheers from supporters during a victory party at the Marriott in Richmond on Tuesday night.

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** FILE ** Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (left) with then-Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Bob McDonnell in May 2009.