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McDonnell Receives Another Business Endorsement

Anita Kumar

We told you before that Republican Bob McDonnell is the choice of many of Virginia's business groups -- or at least the groups that endorse in the governor's race.

Here's another sign: This morning, McDonnell was endorsed by yet another business group -- this time the Virginia Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, representing more than 600 construction and related companies across the state.

"Bob McDonnell is a proven leader with a record of protecting the free enterprise system,'' said Pat Dean, the group's president. "He is the candidate best prepared to get our economy back on track and help Virginia's business owners create great jobs statewide."

McDonnell has been endorsed by the Fairfax County and Hampton Roads chambers of commerce as well as groups representing realtors, farmers, credit unions and small businesses.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 29, 2009; 11:28 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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And thats a good thing? The last time I look, the state of Va was not hurting for jobs and growth. Corporate america owns Va, its voters surely don't. Loudon Co is fast becoming Fairfax county an ugly hodge podge of office buildings and rows and rows of ugly townhouses with no public transportation to get in and out of the mess. Business's love a govenor who turns a blind eye to overstepping rules, and laws concerning growth and fair treatment of employees. Yep Mcdonnell will be totally on the side of corporate america, certainly not on the side of the people in VA.

Posted by: gosslaar7611 | September 29, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

"the state of Va was not hurting for jobs and growth."

That's because VA is actually business-friendly, unlike MD and DC. Many voters are also employees who enjoy earning a paycheck, and would rather live somewhere where they have a fighting chance of doing so. "Rows and rows of ... townhouses" may not be your idea of urban utopia, but a single-family home in the suburbs with good schools and high quality of life is more important to many than a developed bus system that no one will ride.

Posted by: JoeSchmoe06 | September 29, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

This is great for the McDonnell campaign. This endorsement is from small business which happen to be the spinal column of our society.
Can anywayell me Creigh Deeds stands for save bugger government and more taxes.

Posted by: frankc2 | September 29, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

This one really should come as no surprise...that developers are courting McDonnell aggressively. I think we all know that they can taste the gravy already. The problem will be that homeowners, taxpayers, commuters, and consumers won't even have a place at the dinner table.

Joe Schmo....I'd respectively argue that Virginia may be more "business friendly" whatever that means, but Maryland has equal job and growth success, without bending over as far for corporations.

What I hear many Virginians looking for is for the state to be "fair to business" rather than "business friendly". Business success should NOT push the consumer, commuter, and taxpayer into the backseat.

If you think Virginia has already had more than its share of unchecked growth, better give Mr. Deeds a consideration for Governor.

Posted by: free-donny | September 29, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

a single-family home in the suburbs with good schools and high quality of life is more important to many than a developed bus system that no one will ride.

Jo Schmo... u must be speaking of Northern,VA, because the rest of VA does resemble any of what you are writing.

Posted by: aunkmaa1 | September 29, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Also Jochmo, you don't want to start comparing VA, to MD & DC because there you make yourself look foolish. For example, all of the High Paying Professional Jobs that Northern Virginians commutes to is in DC and Northern VA is Virginia, not the old Red Neck Tobacco Death Culture. As for MD, again, many of your Northern Virginians are commuting via 495 to get to Rockville,Annapolis, Frederick, Silver Spring for Work. So watch your stupid Red Neck mouth because you don't know what you are talking about.

Posted by: aunkmaa1 | September 29, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't know where some of you work, but this gal is only working part time and there are many like me ok. Go to the local library on a week day and stop by the local panera, starbucks and you will see the unfortunate Virginians who have college degrees and good experience but don't have a full time job. We try to network with each other to find new job opportunities.

Just because you may be lucky to have fat government contract job or you wear golden handcuffs in a federal job, you shouldn't generalize and spew venom.

Most of us all work for somebody, some business. Money don't just fall from the sky so the apparent Anti-Business logic underlining this article is crazy.

If you're so anti-business, go tell your CEO to F'himself and let's see what happens.

Posted by: JuliaWong | September 30, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

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