Below is a press release from the Virginia Young Democrats taking Governor McDonnell to task for his recent publicity campaign.
MCDONNELL COMMERICAL SHOUTS 'PICK ME' WHILE REWRITING HISTORY Governor Is Moving Virginia Backwards on key issues
Virginia - April 25, 2012- News Release - A newly released video by Governor Bob McDonnell's Opportunity Virginia PAC shouts 'pick me' at former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney while skipping less glorifying moments and upsetting truths of Governor McDonnell's term.
K-12 Education - Bob McDonnell's video claims a record of "education reform" and "increased funding" for education. Much of the increased funding the Governor speaks of was the result of a bipartisan legislative package providing $736 million in new funding to K-12 education.
The Truth: McDonnell is positioning himself as a supporter of education but in his first two months as Governor called for $731 million in cuts to K-12 funding. In the end, a total of $645 million was cut during the first two years of the McDonnell administration. In this year's budget, he touted $438 million and another $58 million in new K-12 public education spending; what he fails to acknowledge is that it isn't new spending if you were replacing your own funding cuts. In total, McDonnell would have decreased K-12 public education spending $242 million if he had his way. The Democratic State Senate prevented a further $86 million from McDonnell's axe his first year and fought for an additional $212 million infusion this year. Virginia Democrats are responsible for the increase in K-12 public education funding over the last budget, not McDonnell.