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UPDATED: GOP Wonders: Where Is Kaine?

Anita Kumar

After reading that Gov. Tim Kaine has been in Chicago and Kansas City in the last couple weeks, Virginia Republicans are asking just where Kaine's job as chairman of the Democratic National Committee is taking him.

The Republican Party of Virginia has sent a public records request for Kaine's schedule to the governor's office and produced a video mocking him for his repeated absences from the state.

We've asked repeatedly for Kaine's various gubernatorial and political schedules, so far with no success -- if you attend or hear about an out-of state appearance, let us know. But make no mistake that the Republicans are not asking just for the sake of public information. They are trying to tarnish the reputation of a popular governor in a election year in which a Democrat is trying to ride his coattails into the governor's mansion.

"We elected him to office three years ago to be governor of Virginia,'' said Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. "We are in an economic crisis in Virginia. He is not focused on helping Virgina move forward."

We have reported that Kaine has been to North Carolina, Miami and Chicago in recent months. Today he is in Kansas City for a fundraiser for Organizing for America, a group that lobbies for President Obama's policies.

Kaine does not release a full schedule of his travels and activities, citing security and privacy concerns. Instead, his governor's office puts out only a bare bones public gubernatorial schedule. It includes official trips he takes as governor but no private travel nor expeditions he makes in his role as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. DNC officials also have failed to provide us with a schedule of even his public events, such as speeches.

Del. Chris Saxman (R-Staunton), who was on a conference call with reporters today along with Mullins, said that "citizens have a right to know who is funding those trips."

UPDATED: Lynda Tran, a spokeswoman for Kaine, said the governor has steered the state through the toughest economic times since the 1930s. She said Virginians like Kaine's "positive, results orientated leadership."

By Anita Kumar  |  June 19, 2009; 1:45 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Yawn. Given the Republican party's contempt for Kaine, you think they'd be happy he's out of state.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 20, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

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