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With Transportation as Legacy, McDonnell at Peace

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Gov. McDonnell is considering a career as an author once his term is complete. Gov. McDonnell is considering a career as an author once his term is complete.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Now approaching the end of his single 4-year term as Virginia governor, will Gov. Bob McDonnell become an author?

The Republican governor tells The Associated Press that the allure of writing beckons after he becomes Citizen McDonnell in January and cedes the Executive Mansion to his successor.

Out of vogue with the tea party and beset by investigations into the mansion's kitchen operations, the 58-year-old governor is pensive in discussing his future.

He says he wants to go beyond a few op-ed and shorter articles he's written the past few years and do deeper writing about his views on governance, appealing to youth to mend a broken system and make "the great American Republic" more competitive globally.

McDonnell considers his successful transportation reform package as his definitive policy legacy.

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