Gov. L. Douglas Wilder said his phone conversations have been bugged for 2 1/2 years, and he insinuated that U.S. Sen. Charles S. Robb, a fellow Democrat and longtime rival, has had something to do with it.
Wilder, who told the Washington Post last week that someone had taped calls from the cellular telephone in the governor's limousine, said in a statement Monday that his calls had been taped since he was lieutenant governor."It is a shocking revelation that, for 21/2 years, the office of the lieutenant governor and subsequently governor was subjected to criminal and illegal activity," Wilder said. "More distressing is that this activity was supported and joined in by those who are sworn to uphold the law."
Robb has admitted his office kept a recording of one of Wilder's cellular phone conversations for two years before destroying it. The recording was made in 1988 when Wilder was lieutenant governor and Robb was running for the Senate.
Robb press secretary Steve Johnson said Friday that Robb's staff got the tape in a plain brown envelope and does not know who made it.
In the tape Robb received, Wilder tells Daniel Hoffler, a Virginia developer, that Robb is finished politically because of allegations that he attended parties in Virginia Beach where drugs were used.