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Updated: GOP criticizes Kaine for absence during storm

Anita Kumar

Republicans blasted Gov. Tim Kaine for being in Arkansas on Democratic National Committee business Thursday while a storm continued to flood parts of the state.

Kaine, the DNC's chairman, headlined a fundraiser Thursday in Little Rock along with Arkansas's top elected officials, including Gov. Mike Beebe and Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, according to the Associated Press in Arkansas.

"We're not surprised that he cares more about raising money for the DNC than he does for being here at home to show support for flood victims and oversee relief efforts," said Pat Mullins, chairman of the state GOP.

Kaine declared a state of emergency late Wednesday in response to the anticipated effects of the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida and a coastal Nor'easter.

He left Wednesday and returned to the state last night. He was briefed by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management on the storm this morning and expects to assess storm damage around the state Saturday.

"The Rs (Republicans) are going to say what they're going to say In terms of their press release, I don't feel the need to comment on it,'' Kaine told reporters at a news conference today. "I was in close consultation with staff. I've got the best emergency operations (staff) in the United States...They know what they are doing."

Republicans have criticized Kaine for his out-of-state travel before. This summer his office began releasing his travel schedule at the end of each month after pressure by the media and others to disclose his whereabouts.

Kaine said there were four traffic deaths during the storm, but that only two were directly related to the weather. Thousands of residents remain without power.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 13, 2009; 12:50 PM ET
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VA Democrats=Kaine

VA Republicans=Able

Not a typo, just a fact. VA democrats have been trying to put the squeeze on us for years in their never ending quest for more revenue. How much is enough? At least the republicans try to hold it down. Thank God for Gilmore and the personal property tax reduction. I remember about 15 years ago when I was out of job and got hit with a $1,200 personal property tax bill. When I called the city of Manassas treasurer's office, it was tough tiddy, take a hike, and it's 5% a day for every day late.

If democrats are supposed to be the party of the people, how come the people like us get hit with the big taxes? And just wait until health care and cap and trade kick in - middle class will be those making $1 mill or more a year-the rest of us won't have two nickels to rub together after paying for a left-wing utopia.

Posted by: Calabrese99 | November 14, 2009 5:56 AM | Report abuse

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