RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
The governor spent hours talking about his marriage, saying as his political career advanced his marriage deteriorated and by the time he was governor, the two eventually were barely talking...
"38 years in public service I never thought I would have to be testifying in a trial like this so it's difficult."
Former governor Bob McDonnell in one of the biggest fights of his life...took the stand this morning and spoke about what started out as a great marriage, to one where both barely spoke. McDonnell says by the late 90s, they began to have arguments privately and more often.
McDonnell said he became physically and emotionally unavailable as he ran and was elected for attorney general and governor. After he became governor McDonnell said "we had trouble making decisions about some of the most rudimentary things."
The former governor said that things got tougher for Maureen when her father died in June 2010, one year after her mother, saying she told him, "I feel like an orphan."
McDonnell says they fought over how to use $25k left to Maureen by her dad, saying he wanted to pay down debt, but Maureen wanted to buy stocks for the kids. He says he won the fight and, afterward, Maureen left the room and came back crying, slamming the check down and said here, pay the bills.
McDonnell said he knows now it was the wrong decision for his family and his marriage, it was her money. He continued, saying that he became aware of Maureen yelling at the staff, and pleaded with her to treat them better, saying sometimes she was receptive and sometimes she was not.
He says he proposed marriage counseling several times, but Maureen was never receptive.
McDonnell said on Labor Day weekend in 2011, he made it a point to take three days off to spend with Maureen.
He says they both had a big fight that Friday, calling Maureen's anger uncontrollable. He added that he wrote her a long email, which was shown in court, because she would not talk to him but, he says she never responded. McDonnell says he thought it was the end of his marriage and one of the lowest points in his life.
That same day, Maureen had been in contact with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams four times.