We are now in the fifth week of former Governor Bob McDonnell’s trial. Â He is on the witness stand being cross examined by prosecutor Michael Dry, an assistant US state’s attorney. Â It has not been an easy day for the Governor.Â Mr. Dry has been relentless and at times the Governor has shown his frustration. Â Who can blame him?[read_more]
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Governor Bob McDonnell had no bigger supporter than me when he ran for Attorney General and Governor. Â He was the perfect Gubernatorial candidate, running a flawless campaign and winning easily. Â I knew he would do great things for all the people in the Commonwealth. Â Then he pushed through the biggest tax increase in the history of Virginia and celebrated! Â I couldn’t believe that a Republican Governor who ran as a conservative would do that to us. Â I have yet to see any benefit from his massive tax increase. Â Everyone in Northern Virginia saw a 20% increase in our sales tax, along with a slew of other new taxes and fees. Â For what? Â We still can’t get to Richmond on Friday or Saturday without sitting in traffic for hours, nor can we return from Richmond to northern Virginia on Sundays. Â Fees for commuters in Fairfax and Loudoun continue to rise with no decrease in traffic on any road. Â Where’s all the transportation tax money going? Â Certainly not to roads. Â That was the beginning of my disenchantment with our ‘conservative’ Governor. Â Expanding metro with tax dollars from across the state to benefit the 1% who ride metro was next. Â Why are taxpayers in the poorest parts of our state paying for a metro in the richest counties in the nation? Â So less than 1% of people in Loudoun can ride a subway to work, a subway heavily subsidized by the rest of us?
Adding insult to injury, to get the massive tax increased passed McDonnell made a deal with the democrats in the General Assembly to expand medicaid in Virginia to add an additional 400,000 peopleÂ to the rolls. Â Without Senator Dick Black and the #BlackorBust amendment Â that expansion would have cost the taxpayers BILLIONS in the near future. Â I had to face the facts. There was nothing conservative about Bob McDonnell.
I don’t know if McDonnell’s acceptance of all of the gifts and loans (totaling $177,000) was legal or not but I know they have raised my level of disappointment in my Governor. Â He should have known better. Â We expected better. Â Republicans are held to a higher standard and we meet that standard.
McDonnell had so much promise. Â He had a beautiful family, gorgeous wife and children, a daughter in the military, twin sons at the best public school in the nation, the University of Virginia. Â He was a kind and thoughtful man. I was thrilled to meet him, thrilled to have my picture taken with him. Â I was proud of him! He ran as a conservative and won easily with just under 59% of the vote.Â Â His future was limitless. He could Â have become Vice President and even Â President. He could have added to the long list of Presidents from Virginia. Â He threw it all away with a series of liberal political moves to benefit his transportation tax increase coupled with poor decisions in his personal life. Â Blaming his wife doesn’t change those facts. Â I am very sad and extremely disappointed in our former Governor. Â He coulda been a contender. I wanted him to be a contender.