McDonnell, Bolling, Cuccinelli Rack Up Key Endorsements
Our superb statewide ticket continues to accumulate important endorsements that tell voters which are the best candidates for the future of Virginia if you care about jobs, the economy, transportation and public safety.
McDonnell Endorsed by Fairfax Chamber of Commerce:
Entire GOP Ticket Endorsed by Fraternal Order of Police
Because of their records and stances on public safety issues, Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli all received the endorsement of the Virginia Fraternal Order of Police this week. This is always one of the most prized endorsements of any campaign and we are certainly proud that our fine candidates have earned it.
>From the FOP announcement: "These candidates were chosen by the members of the FOP of Virginia. Every member had the opportunity to vote for the candidate they thought would do the best job for their respective offices. These candidates have proven and pledged to support the FOP of Virginia in keeping our state safe and secure for all Virginians."
Entire Democratic Ticket On Board with Tax Increase
The statewide Democratic ticket of Creigh Deeds for governor, Jody Wagner for lieutenant governor and Steve Shannon for attorney general will raise taxes if elected, if public statements or past votes cast are any indicator of future behavior. Challenged to express their opinions of Deeds’ plans to raise taxes, Wagner embraced the idea while Shannon exposed his lack of credibility on the issue. Deeds, meanwhile, used a column in the Washington Post to repeat his plan to raise taxes to pay for a transportation package he will not unveil until after the election.
Deeds: Higher Taxes, But No Plan
Deeds used nearly 800 words in the Post to express his desire to raise taxes without a clear transportation program, writing, "As a legislator, I have voted for a number of mechanisms to fund transportation, including a gas tax. And I'll sign a bipartisan bill with a dedicated funding mechanism for transportation -- even if it includes new taxes."
Meanwhile, he openly admits he has no idea how he would spend the money: "The day after I'm elected, I will begin assembling a bipartisan commission to craft a comprehensive transportation package."
This echoes what Deeds struggled to say in his now-infamous press gaggle following the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce debate last week: "I'm willing to sign a bill that raises new money for transportation....in fact I intend to sign that bill next year,"
Wagner: Count Me In
"Jody is looking forward to working with Governor Deeds to provide a long-term solution to transportation funding," Wagner’s campaign told the Washington Post in response to the challenge on Deeds’ tax plan - a clear indication that she would support raising taxes if elected.
Shannon: Look at My Record
Shannon largely ignored the question, which highlighted his duplicitous record on tax increases. During his first campaign, Shannon said he will focus on "trying to maintain a high quality of life in Fairfax County without continuing to overburden people. The key is how do we deal with budgeting - it’s simply not acceptable to keep raising taxes." (Washington Post, March 13, 2003). However, in one of his first votes, Shannon opposed $400 million in tax relief (Lynchburg News & Advance, February 26, 2004)
Additionally, Shannon’s was one of the key votes in the House Finance Committee that approved the largest tax increase in Virginia history (Associated Press, April 7, 2004). He also approved a measure to increase the sales tax in Northern Virginia (Washington Post, February 23, 2006).
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