RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - An email released Friday from former governor Bob McDonnell to his wife Maureen shows the state of their marriage during their time in the Executive Mansion.
The letter, which was introduced as evidence Thursday, was written in September 2011 during a 3-day getaway, which was supposed to be a relaxing vacation weekend, but broke down into endless fighting.
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"I love you. Yesterday was one of the lowest points in my life," the letter begins. McDonnell refers to Maureen as his soulmate, professes his love for their marriage and family and admits to his mistakes in the letter.
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"... I am completely at a loss as to handle the fiery anger and hate from you that has become more and more frequent," the letter continues. "You told me again yesterday that you would wreck my things and how bad I am. It hurt me to my core."
The former governor write how he wants "to be in love, not just watch movies about it" and urges them to work out their problems and fix their marriage before telling her to "let me know if you want to talk softly."
The governor choked up on the stand Thursday, as he told jurors about a broken marriage. He testified Maureen never responded to the note.
The couple had grown apart and McDonnell testified his wife took out her stresses on the Executive Mansion staff.
McDonnell said with hesitation, "I knew privately there was chaos" inside the Mansion. "Maureen told me I put my job over her"
"And did you?" asked McDonnell attorney Hank Asbill.
"I did" McDonnell said.