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Posted at 9:55 AM ET, 10/ 2/2009

My Endorsement: What Drives McDonnell

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 Teresa H. Stillion
Alexandria

Supports: Robert F. McDonnell
Party Identification: None
2005 Vote: Jerry W. Kilgore


I am a lifelong Virginia resident, a wife, a mother and a physician. My vote will go to Robert F. McDonnell. After reading his stance on the issues, I feel he has a genuine interest in the welfare of our state. A sincere desire to serve appears to drive him, rather than a narcissistic need for adulation seen in so many of today’s career politicians.

I had the pleasure of meeting McDonnell’s wife, Maureen, and his daughter Cailin. Cailin struck me as an expressive and well-educated woman; Maureen was articulate and has done a beautiful job raising five children while holding various positions outside the home. She demonstrated a genuine concern as I told her of my husband’s recent life-threatening illness. These two ladies are hardly oppressed! What does oppress women and families is the fact that in these hard economic times it takes two full-time salaries to make ends meet. Taxing people more is not going to help that.

Creigh Deeds has said he wants to build on the progress of Govs. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner. Would this be the “progress” that has brought a series of major budget cuts to our higher education system since 2007?

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 Finally, please include a day and evening phone number (not for publication) and a note disclosing any connection you have to Sen.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 2, 2009; 9:55 AM ET
 
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