That's right, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) of Maryland went to Asia, and reported back: "I'm pleased to announce that our economic development mission to Asia has already resulted in $85 million in immediate foreign direct investment into Maryland!" Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) of Virginia went to Asia and reported back on a "new marketing office in Shanghai," plus "an historic cultural exchange agreement," plus...uhhhh. Well, there's this: "agricultural exports including soybeans and chicken...[m]ore specific details will be announced in the upcoming weeks and months." Wow.
As Rebecca Jaramillo notes (major h/t to her on this story!), "It's wonderful that McD sold our chickens and agricultural good (which of course means that it is good we didn't pass those anti-immigration laws and end up like GA -- without our workers), but that isn't the same as 'direct investment.'" Bottom line: the Democratic governor brought back serious foreign direct investment to his state; the Republican governor brought back...a cultural exchange, some chickens and hog sales, and something or other to be named later. Surprise, surprise.