GOP Congressmen Apparently Boycott Kaine Event
Virginia Democratic leaders say the Republicans members of Virginia's congressional delegation boycotted a meeting with Gov. Timothy M. Kaine today at the Governor's Mansion.
Kaine hosted the congressional delegation for an annual meeting to talk about state and federal issues. U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and James Webb, both Democrats, and five of the six Democratic House members from Virginia attended. But Kaine said the state's five GOP House members failed to show because the topic of the meeting was President Obama's proposed stimulus package.
"Virginia has had a long history of bipartisan work when it comes to issues that transcends politics and affect the people of Virginia," Webb said. "This is the way that a delegation should work, and for the Republican members of this delegation to decide to boycott a meeting that would benefit their constituents through their participation is something that I think is very regrettable, and I would hope we would not see something like this in the future."
The GOP members who did not show were not immediately available to comment.
On Jan. 28, all five GOP members of Virginia's congressional delegation voted against the proposed stimulus bill.
As chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Kaine is tasked with helping to promote the stimulus package. But Kaine said he doesn't think his new job factored into the Republicans' decision not to attend.
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