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Republicans Attack Kaine on DNC Post

Anita Kumar

Virginia Republicans wasted little time in criticizing Gov. Timothy M. Kaine for taking on the job of chairman of the Democratic National Committee during his final year in office.

The news broke the week before the General Assembly returns to Richmond for a 45-day legislative session that will be largely focused on trimming the $77-billion budget by $3 billion.

"Now is not a time for more partisanship from our Governor, but a time for leadership, to cross party lines and provide solid, common sense solutions for Virginians who are hurting and worried about their future,'' Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. "This is the wrong move and sends the wrong signal to the people of Virginia at such a critical time."

Kaine had previously told reporters that he was not interested in the DNC job, and would not leave the Governor's Mansion early for a post in the Obama administration.

"It is very disappointing that at a time when Virginia needs its elected leaders from both parties to come together and work to solve the serious issues currently facing our Commonwealth, Tim Kaine breaks yet another pledge, this time taking a job he said he wouldn't accept", Frederick said.

By Anita Kumar  |  January 5, 2009; 7:26 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2009 , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Just more of the same from the Republicans. Like what campaigning is the DNC doing right now?

AND BTW what is Howard Dean doing, now that he has resigned as DNC chair?

Posted by: dotellen | January 5, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

And what has the VA GOP done for the citizens of our Commonwealth other than block any attempts to actually deal with the important issues like traffic & the budget? It would be hilarious coming from Frederick if I wasn't stuck in traffic everyday.

Posted by: duckz | January 5, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Are these whiney Republicans the same ones who sat on their hands while their Republican President trashed the country?

Are these the same whiners who trumpet Reagan's 'Thou shalt not talk evil of another Republican', but now point a finger at partisanship?

Oh, that's right - they have no credibility left so it really doesn't matter what they say. Do us all a favor and go ruin someone else's country.

Do us all a favor and shut your mouth while the Dems go about cleaning up your mess.

Posted by: mmax | January 5, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Virginia Republicans have devolved to the point that you could actually write the headlines for them ahead of time. Take this one: "Republicans Attack Kaine on DNC Post." Look up the phrase "kneejerk response" in the dictionary and there should be a picture of Jeff Fredericks.

It's sad to think that there are actually quite a few states where both parties would at least issue a polite news release congratulating the state's governor under these circumstances, and wishing him or her well. In those states, people on both sides of the aisle understand that they are all part of the same state (or commonwealth) and can be proud when its leader does well nationally. Let's just say Virginia, with its dwindling but hearty band of last-ditch, hate-speech Republicans, is not one of them. Thanks again for making us look good on the national scene, guys.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | January 5, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Kneejerk indeed, since the last Virginian to serve as the chair of a national party committee was Jim Gilmore, who was chair of the RNC during *his* last year as governor. But to wingnuts like Jeff "Obama/Osama" Frederick, only Democrats can ever be guilty of "partisanship."

Stay classy, Jeff!

Posted by: jimeh | January 5, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

And Jeff said he'd resign from his position as a Delegate to serve as state Republican chairman. Instead, he's been busy raising money for his re-election!

Posted by: ramgut | January 6, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

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