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Kaine Takes a Swipe at McDonnell

Anita Kumar

That's not really a surprise these days, is it?

But the venue Democrat Gov. Tim Kaine used to criticize Republican Bob McDonnell was a bit surprising.

At a news conference to outline how the state would close a $1.5 billion budget shortfall, Kaine stopped to express his disapproval of those who want to spend education dollars on transportation.

"There's been some discussion in this time of year -- I know it's campaign season -- about using general fund education dollars to fund things like transportation. Three and a half years of being governor under tough circumstances tells me that is a horrible idea,'' Kaine said to a room packed with reporters and lobbyists. "We shouldn't be going to the eduction budget to try to fund other priorities."

No, he didn't mention any names, but there was no need. Democrats have been attacking McDonnell for weeks over a plan to divert a fraction of sales tax receipts collected in Northern Virginia now used for schools, public safety and other core services to fund roads.

In fact, Deeds said the same exact thing today, first in a press release to reporters responding to the budget and then again in an e-mail to supporters.

"Given the budget shortfalls and traffic gridlock that have characterized Governor Kaine's administration, we think Virginia voters may be looking elsewhere for advice on these issues," said Tucker Martin, a McDonnell spokesman.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 8, 2009; 6:20 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Kaine is DNC Chair first; Va Governor second.

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