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Posted at 4:45 PM ET, 10/11/2009

My Endorsement: Values Matter

By washingtonpost.com editors

The Post is asking readers to make the case for their favored candidate in the Virginia governor’s race in 200 words or less.

By Tamasine Wood-Creighton
Leesburg


Supports: Robert F. McDonnell
Party Identification: Republican
2005 Vote: Did not vote.

Twenty-seven years ago, I graduated with the fifth class of women from Norwich University. I was an anomaly. Very few women who were not in the medical field were entering the military, but there I was, a regular Army field artillery second lieutenant. I helped to crack the glass ceiling, and I changed the views of many men along the way.

Robert F. McDonnell, too, grew during that same period, as evidenced by his actions over the past decade. He has supported his daughter as a military officer, appointed numerous women to prestigious and influential positions, and supported many efforts in government to further Virginia family values. These values matter, and McDonnell stands firm on his values. Also, McDonnell has a plan to improve transportation at no cost to the taxpayer, to increase jobs by encouraging small businesses and bringing entrepreneurs to Virginia and to invest in our youth through improved educational benefits.

Seven years ago, I made the choice to retire from the Army and become a taxpayer in Virginia. Join with me and make the right decision now for governor: Robert F. McDonnell.

To submit your own endorsement, write to letters@washpost.com with “My Endorsement” in the subject line. Include your party affiliation, if any, as well as how you voted in Virginia’s last governor’s race. Finally, please include a day and evening phone number (not for publication) and a note disclosing any connection you have to Sen. R. Creigh Deeds or Robert F. McDonnell, their campaigns or the Democratic or Republican parties.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 11, 2009; 4:45 PM ET
Tags:  McDonnell, Virginia, election, governor  
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Comments

If values matter than why are you supporting a man who is lying so badly about his own values that even long time friends are saying that they don't know who this campaigning McDonnell is? Isn't honesty a good value to uphold?

Posted by: alysheba_3 | October 12, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I respect the women in the military that are doing their job and challenging the hurdles of the remaining gender bias in the military. In the related matter of family values, however, the comment seems to imply that Mr. McDonnell is the only candidate with certain values or at least holds them more firmly than Mr. Deeds. I am not convinced of that and am a little concerned about which "values" he embraces too tightly.
I would take most issue, however, with the "position" of improving roads without cost to the taxpayer. First, that is not realistic in todays economics and secondly what happened to the "value" of responsibility? If we use the roads, shouldn't we pay for them? No, I don't like to pay taxes either, but let's be reasonable, and the longer we keep our heads in the sand, the more it is going to cost when we do make the improvements that are needed. It will also be difficult to improve or expand educational programs for youth at risk, if the general fund is raided for better roads. Every candidate has gaps in their plans because they are basically defining what they stand for not writing legislation, but Mr. McDonnell seems too out of touch with the realities in Virginia or is hoping that the voters are.

Posted by: tombaughn | October 16, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

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