Not a good record for someone who was once so well-regarded by conservatives that he was viewed as a potentially ideologically balancing choice to join the GOP ticket with Mitt Romney.[read_more]
First, the reason we’re dealing with potential Medicaid expansion now is because the McDonnell administration laid the groundwork for it starting in 2012.
Second, McDonnell’s ethics troubles led him to become the Commonwealth’s first governor convicted of a felony, while looming as a dark cloud over two successive statewide elections.
Third, his “signature achievement” involved the largest tax increase in Virginia history, the full brunt of which we’ve not yet begun to feel. Justin Higgins reminds us today how “Virginia’s gas tax is poised to jump by 45 percent in a few months as part of a road funding bill that state legislators passed in 2013″ (emphasis mine).
That’s just great…a nasty little cherry on top of a really rotten sundae.
An outside observer could be forgiven for not knowing, based on the record above, that we actually elected a Republican governor in 2009.