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Dems Attack McDonnell on Rural Va., Day 2

Anita Kumar

As Republican Bob McDonnell travels from South Boston to Virginia Beach on Route 58 today in his RV, Democrats are attacking him for repeatedly neglecting that same corridor as a member of the House of Delegates.

The state Democratic party accuses McDonnell of repeatedly voting against proposals that would boost economic development along Route 58. "While 2009 is full of rhetoric, McDonnell's record shows he opposed progress on Route 58, a key to bringing greater economic development to various areas across Virginia," the party stated in a release.

Here are some the votes Democrats cite: In 1999, he voted against $659 million in bonds to help Route 59 and Northern Virginia. In 2002, he voted to cut $10 million from the Route 58 Corridor Development Fund. Three times, in 2002 and 2004, he voted to trim $16 million from the governors opportunity fund, which is designed to lure businesses to the state.

McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin declined to respond to the attacks. "The theme continues: Bob talks about jobs, the Democrats attack," he said. "We aren't going to respond to gotcha vote-pulling on transportation from the party of a candidate who vows not to even have a transportation plan."

By Anita Kumar  |  August 11, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Funny. McDonnell seems to have voted FOR the final version of HB 2088 in 1999 that provided bond funding for Rt 58 as well as NOVA projects like the Fairfax County Parkway, the Franconia-Springfield Metro station and Route 234 bypass. There was a similar bill that included an amendment by Ward Amstrong to fund $10 million for a museum his wife is on the board of, but that deal to take money away from NOVA projects for southside pork didn't pass. Seems like the Dems have to rely on lying and being pro-abortion to make any news lately.

It's also funny the Dems are attacking McDonnell for voting to restore $10 million of general fund taxes back to education that were being sent to southside for transportation. Even better was that Bob didn't vote at all on that amendment to cut it. And when Warner restored it, he voted for it. Man the Dems need to do better research.

Posted by: OldVirginian | August 11, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

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