GOP Candidates Press Dems on Taxes
Last week, Democrat Creigh Deeds said he would consider raising taxes for much-needed road improvements (though he had a little trouble actually saying it) -- something Republican Bob McDonnell has pledged not to do.
Now, McDonnell's running mates, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and attorney general hopeful Ken Cuccinelli, are trying to to pin down their Democratic opponents, Jody Wagner and Steve Shannon, on the sticky issue of taxes and whether they agree with the man at the top of their ticket.
"Today I am asking Jody Wagner to state in clear terms to the people of Virginia whether or not she supports Creigh Deeds' plan to raise taxes to pay for transportation," Bolling said. "The voters deserve a simple 'yes or no' to this fundamental question."
"Will he or won't he stand with Creigh Deeds in support of higher taxes?" Cuccinelli said..
Bolling and Cuccinelli are touting their "strong" records of opposing tax hikes, including the one Virginia politicos can't seem to stop talking about -- former Gov. Mark Warner's 2004 increase.
Wagner campaign manager Elisabeth Pearson sent us a response, but it doesn't say one way or the other whether she supports raising taxes. It does, however, blame Bolling for pulling out of this week's debate. Pearson said Wagner believes in growing the state's economy, pursuing public-private partnerships, focusing on smarter growth patterns and providing incentives for tele-work and alternative work hours to get cars off the roads.
"What we cannot afford is to raid education and health care funding to pay for transportation, which is what Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling propose,'' she said. "Jody is looking forward to working with Governor Deeds to provide a long-term solution to transportation funding."
Meanwhile, Shannon said he doesn't think taxes should be raises in a down economy, but wants to talk about other issues. "Unlike my opponent, I am focused on the issues that relate to the office of the attorney general, namely how to make Virginia a safer place to live and work by cracking down on drunk drivers, gang leaders and Internet predators who target our kids,'' he said. "I hope he eventually joins me in a serious discussion of these important issues."
September 22, 2009; 3:00 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Jody Wagner , Ken Cuccinelli , Steve Shannon
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