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Marshall Gloats - Just a Little

Anita Kumar

Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), who opposed the landmark transportation bill that the Virginia Supreme Court declared unconstitutional Friday, can't help but feel a little vindicated.

"Fours words: I told you so,'' said Marshall, one of the plaintiffs in the suit against the transportation plan. "I'm not going to say that. Look, last year when this thing was going on, I said I wanted an opinion that said this was constitutional. We never got it."

Marshall, who is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate this year, said there were 17 votes in the House against the bill last year but he was the only one who filed a lawsuit.

Is he the only political winner today?

"The people are the winners,'' he said. "I just stood up for them."

Marshall said House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) gave delegates the results of a poll last year that indicated that the House needed to act on transportation to keep their majority.

"I'm sorry. We weren't sent here to...take our cues from pollsters,'' Marshall said. "We're here to operate under the Virginia constitution to secure the common good."

By Anita Kumar  |  February 29, 2008; 8:23 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , General Assembly 2008 , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner , Transportation  
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