UPDATED: Gingrich's Group Sends Letter to Deeds, McDonnell
Newt Gingrich's American Solutions will send letters to gubernatorial candidates, Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell this afternoon, asking them to oppose a federal proposal that the groups says would establish a national tax system on energy.
"As leaders who aspire to lead Virginia forward, you have a responsibility to speak out now to protect the commonwealth from proposed laws that would kill jobs in Virginia,'' Dan Varroney, the group's senior vice president writes in his letter. "Your leadership responsibility is to help create Virginia jobs, not support their destruction (either actively or through silence)."
American Solutions is kicking off a national campaign to oppose the bill in Congress. The push begins in Virginia with information being sent to the group's 55,000 members and an advertising blitz starting next week.
Updated: Republican McDonnell responded swiftly -- as you would expect -- calling on Deeds and Gov. Tim Kaine to join him in opposing the bill that "would increase taxes and unemployment in Virginia." He cited multiple studies from groups on either side of the political spectrum that say the bill would hurt the economy.
"It would hurt Virginia's competitiveness in the world economy, raise our electricity rates and have a direct impact on every Virginia citizen. It's a job-killer,'' McDonnell said in a statement. "The...legislation under consideration is exactly the wrong approach to take. It is a heavy-handed big government approach based on ideology, not science."
"American Solutions is prepared to use every resource at its disposal to ensure that every voter in Virginia is aware of your position either for or against imposing the costly new national system of taxation,'' Varroney writes in the letter.
The letter cites a Heritage Foundation study that says implementing the proposal would, by 2035, destroy 1,105,000 American jobs per year on average, with peak years seeing unemployment rise by over 2,479,000 jobs, and contribute to rising gas prices.
June 17, 2009; 12:35 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell
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