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McDonald leaves local role in fix of Music Hall and Museum Center for VA

CINCINNATI (Joe Webb) -- If Bob McDonald is confirmed by the Senate, he will take over Veterans Affairs in the midst of a scandal and serious allegations of mismanagement.
But he will also leave a big gap in the tri-state.  The Cincinnati VA Center was buzzing Monday.  As vets came and went, many were aware a local guy was in line to take over the troubled agency.  The consensus was: it's time for change and Bob McDonald sounds like a good choice.

Navy veteran Jerome Slageter said, "It just seems he's had such a successful life in what he's been doing.  It seems like he should be able to come in here and make sure things get cleaned up and make sure the patients get taken care of the way they should."
McDonald spent 25 years rising to the very top of Procter and Gamble after earning a commission at West Point and five years on active duty.  Last week, Bob McDonald was the face and voice of the cultural facilities task force, urging county commissioners to put a sales tax hike on the ballot to pay for needed repairs to Music Hall and Union Terminal.

Chip Gerhardt of the Government Strategies Group said, "Bob's goal all along was to get us to the point where we could present an achievable and responsible plan for saving Music Hall and Union Terminal and he has done that."

The plan is done but it's not yet on the ballot.  Five million in private funds still needs to be raised.  Commissioners need to be convinced to put it to a vote.  If they do, a campaign has to be run and paid for.  Supporters are confident they can do it without the guy who got them this far.

All of this is contingent on Bob McDonald getting confirmed by the Senate.  Gerhardt said the facilities task force has a deep bench and someone will take the lead. 

Bob McDonald started his career with Procter and Gamble in 1980.  He served as CEO from 2009 to 2013.

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