DPVA Congratulates McDonnell on Major Political Accomplishment


    Nice and snarky, the way we bloggers like it! 🙂

    Richmond, VA – Democratic Party of Virginia Executive Director Dave Mills released the following statement today congratulating Governor McDonnell on his election to the position of Vice-Chair of the Republican Governor’s Association:

    “Bob McDonnell’s election as Vice-Chair of the Republican Governor’s Association is a testament to his hard work on behalf of Republicans and Tea Party candidates in places like Iowa, New Hampshire and Illinois. He’s spent a lot of time in his first year courting national Republican leaders and that time and effort is clearly paying off.  

    “Despite his political accomplishments, Bob McDonnell’s aggressive campaign schedule does raise valid questions about whether campaigning in other states is the best way for our Governor to spend his time, especially if taxpayers are footing the bill for his traveling security detail. Virginians did not elect Bob McDonnell to help him build a presidential campaign, they elected him to lead and make their lives better.

    “On the other hand, if the Governor’s gimmick-laden budget and his failed plan to sell the state’s profitable ABC system at a huge loss to taxpayers are the best we can expect from Bob McDonnell for the rest of his term, it might be better for everyone if he continues to spend most of his time outside of Virginia.

    By the way, it’s probably worth reminding everyone that Bob McDonnell’s been quite critical of political travel in the past. For instance, check this out (and also see this video, starting around 2:40):

    …after the parade, even Bob McDonnell got into the act of ridiculing the governor for holding two jobs in his speech to a few hundred spectators at a park pavilion. McDonnell, still smarting from Kaine’s harsh comments about him last week, said snidely “Governor, thanks for stopping back by in Virginia for just a little bit.”

    Pot, meet kettle?

    • realclearwin

      This is what Republicans and, admittedly, some Democrats do. They will say whatever is necessary, like McDonnell criticizing Kaine for his travel, with full knowledge that they are going to do exactly the same thing if elected. It doesn’t matter that it is hypocritical they just feed voters what they need to in order to get them stirred up with no genuine attempt to stick by what they said after election day. Look at Rand Paul for instance, he railed against all sorts of Govt. programs and “handouts” from the “welfare state” but when asked if he would consider cutting medicare reimbursements for doctors Dr. Paul replied “Physicians deserve to make a nice living”.

      Unfortunately here in VA we have a Governor who has made bullshitting the people of VA an art. He got elected on crackpot promises like privatizing ABC stores to balance the budget and a transportation “plan” that wasn’t. Since taking office he has attempted to sell Virginians on the idea that we have a surplus but any person who takes a look at that proclamation with any seriousness can see that our “surplus” is not one at all and is just an example of accounting gimmicks. The list goes on and on but the point is McDonnell is not being honest with the people of the Commonwealth and hasn’t been since before he was elected. I’ll go ahead and say it: At least Deeds wouldn’t have outright lied to us or resorted to trickery.

    • Bumble Bee

      The fact that McDonnell changes his tune to accommodate circumstances should make a big difference to voters but it doesn’t seem to.  Go figure.  Are we that short on memory or do other things drive us.

    • Shenandoah Democrat

      In contrast to what we might have expected based on his campaign,(moralism crusade) out of state Bob is proving to be a real light weight–can’t develop and succeed on any important issue, doesn’t lead on any pressing issue, and can’t even seem to make opposition to Obama stick. I’d say this guy’s political life is going to be pretty short. What has he done?