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McDonnell urges Virginia delegation to help secure stimulus money

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) met with the state's congressional delegation today at the U.S. Capitol and urged the group to help him secure stimulus funds to help build a Rolls Royce manufacturing plant in Prince George County, near Petersburg, several present in the meeting said.

If that makes McDonnell sound like just another Republican who criticizes stimulus spending with one side of his mouth and happily seeks it out with the other, it's slightly more nuanced than that.

Yes, McDonnell has repeatedly criticized last year's stimulus bill for being, in his view, long on spending on programs that have little to do with economic recovery and short on investments in infrastructure and jobs. But McDonnell has also been consistent that he thinks Virginia should accept stimulus money, because the state's taxpayers are helping to provide it.

Other than that, the meeting with 12 of the state's 13 congressional leaders (Sen. Jim Webb was absent) was cordial and nonpartisan, several participants said. Hot topics included off-shore drilling, preventing a Norfolk-based aircraft carrier from being relocated to Florida, and various measures to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D) said he was disappointed that transportation was not among McDonnell's top seven priorities, but he said McDonnell promised to bring that issue "next time." Connolly also lauded the governor for focusing on "what's good for Virginia" during the closed-door session, which took place in the offices of House Republican Whip (and Virginian) Eric I. Cantor.

"Everyone laid down their swords," Connolly said.

By Amy Gardner  |  February 23, 2010; 6:00 PM ET
Categories:  Gerald E. Connolly , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Is there a new requirement for being a Republican? Do they have to sign an oath swearing that they will be true blue hypocrites?

Do they have to swear that they will scream that Democrats are big spenders, while holding their hands out for their share?

Posted by: elainehowens | February 24, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

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