Kaine Berates Legislators
A handful of legislators traditionally walk to the governor's third-floor Capitol office when the House and Senate are ready to adjourn a session. In the last year or two, Kaine and legislators have ignored the largely symbolic practice.
But last night when legislators were ready to adjourn their one-day session they decided to stick with tradition, partly out of respect for Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and what is likely to be his last session during his four-year term.
Afterwards, some Republicans wished they skipped the event.
A visibly angry and red faced Kaine berated legislators for narrowly rejecting $125 million in federal stimulus money that would have provided additional unemployment benefits to thousands of jobless Virginians.
"I just can't imagine why we would leave $125 million...on the table," Kaine said. "There's an awful lot of people who are hurting in Virginia...and the message to them seemed to be: 'We don't care. Fend for yourself,' " he said.
Kaine did thank legislators for their work on the $77 billion state budget, and for upholding his vetoes on a variety of death penalty and gun bills. But he spent the most time complaining about their failure to change state law to accept the stimulus money.
"This was not about the federal government. This was not about an ideological battle with some distant foe. This is about looking in the eyes of Virginians who have lost their jobs,'' Kaine said. "The notion that this was just some jolly ideological crusade to shake our fist at someone (in Washington) is just such a misunderstanding of what this job is."
Republicans did not respond directly, but later complained that Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was playing politics.
"This was a speech from Obama's DNC chairman saying that, despite the recession, he wants to raise taxes on every business in Virginia," Del. Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax) said. . . .
April 9, 2009; 10:12 AM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2009 , Timothy M. Kaine
Save & Share: Previous: McAuliffe Raises $4.2 Million: Moran $800,000
Next: New Anti-GOP PAC, Blog Debuts
Posted by: fakevirginia | April 9, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: steveincville | April 9, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: fairfaxvoter | April 9, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: shamken | April 9, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: sensible | April 9, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.