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McDonnell meets with legislative leaders

Anita Kumar

As we told you last night, Gov. Bob McDonnell held his first meeting with legislative leaders at the Executive Mansion this morning over breakfast.

Spotted leaving the mansion were Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate and House including House Speaker Bill Howell, House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith, House Republican Caucus Chairman Sam Nixon, House Majority Whip Kirk Cox, House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Ken Plum, Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw and Sens. Tommy Norment and Walter Stosch.

McDonnell introduced legislators to his Cabinet. The breakfast was largely social and he did not mention his first batch of budget amendments or legislative priorities, which will be released later this week.

"This was just a get-acquainted breakfast,'' Saslaw said.

Previous governors held regular breakfasts with legislators during their annual session, but it's unclear how often McDonnell will hold them. They did not set another date.

McDonnell also plans to meet with House and Senate budget negotiators later this week as he gets ready to release his first set of legislative proposals and budget amendments.

"It was not a huge amount of substance and policy,'' Armstrong said.. "He repeated that he wanted to work with us and that he'd be talking to us. And we said that back."

By Anita Kumar  |  January 19, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
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