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Democrats criticize McDonnell for attending national Republican fundraiser

Anita Kumar

Virginia Democrats were quick to criticize Gov. Bob McDonnell today for agreeing to speak at a fundraiser hosted by the National Republican Senatorial Committee next month.

McDonnell is being billed as the "special guest speaker" at the group's spring meeting, where attendees will pay up to $5,000 to hear him and U.S. senators speak about issues such as job creation, national security, energy and health care.

"Bob McDonnell has gotten off to a rocky start as governor,'' said Jared Leopold, a spokesman for the Democratic Party of Virginia. Leopold said McDonnell took weeks to publicly announce his budget amendments, has yet to introduce a full transportation plan and delayed a statement protecting Virginians from discrimination.

"When Virginians need a governor, Bob McDonnell takes his time,'' he said. "But when Washington Republicans ask Bob McDonnell to jump, McDonnell's only question is 'how high? It's a shame that Virginia's governor would rather spend time with Washington lobbyists than deliver real transportation solutions for Virginia commuters."

A $5,000 donation from a political action committee pays for access to all four roundtables with politicians and industry experts. Individuals can attend the roundtables for $1,000. The fundraiser was first reported by Politico.

McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin confirmed that the governor will attend the event. "Republican senators were helpful in the governor's campaign last year and he looks forward to supporting them in their upcoming elections,'' he said.

By Anita Kumar  |  March 18, 2010; 5:53 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Comments

As if the party of absentee "Governor" Tim Kaine has any justification for complaining. This event is on a Saturday. Governor McDonnell canceled his attendance at several events during the snowstorms, unlike Tim Kaine who left the state to do high-dollar fund-raising induring last year's floods. Oh yes, how about that special session Kaine called on transportation that produced ... ummm, nothing, except for a large bill for the taxpayers?

Posted by: Yankeesfan1 | March 18, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

And Gov. McDonnell announced today that 250 senior-level well-paying jobs will be coming into Virginia (Va Beach and Shenandoah County). Not bad for the new Governor.

Posted by: TBVA1 | March 18, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

KUMAR AND HELDERMAN:

This is a separate topic---but can anyone find out what former Senator John Warner's stance is on General Sheehan's comments on the failed Dutch offensive in Srebrenica and Sheehan's claim that it was related to the open gay policy?

Or please find out what Warner's overall stance is on don't ask don't tell. His former role as the Armed Services Comm. Chair would be interesting to hear from since leaving his post as Virginia's senior senator.

Posted by: BJRWC4 | March 19, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Dumbfounding hypocrisy from this Democrat spokesman. Is these even worth reporting??

Posted by: Gatecrasher | March 19, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Part of a Governor's job is to represent the state and his political party at events outside the state. In attendance at the GOP meeting will be numerous policy-makers and business executives who are interested in how their organizations and Virginia can work together. When Gov. McDonnell returns home to the Dominion, he'll have made contacts with many new and important people, and maybe learned a few new ideas that we might want to consider too. These types of events are an excellent use of a Governor's time.

Posted by: blasmaic | March 19, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Leave it to the WaPo to waste space on their website for a total non story. Of course, it's about a Governor they hate and did all they could to prevent him from being elected.

This story is laughable. It's OK for a sitting governor (Tim Kaine) to accept the chairmanship of his national party, but not for Bob McDonnell to give a speech at a fundraiser? Gimme a break, how stupid do you think we are?

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | March 19, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Once again, Anita Kumar phones in a press release instead of reporting. Really pathetic. Earth to Anita: do you have any idea how the last governor of Virginia spent the majority of his time during the last year of his term?

Posted by: hisroc | March 19, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

I despise Stone Age Bob, but this is dumb on the Democrats part, given that Tim Kaine spent a large part of his time as governor as the chair of the DNC.

Posted by: Jayne | March 19, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

"Democrats criticize McDonnell for attending national Republican fundraiser"

what ?

What do these SAME Democrats say when the installed one, Obama attends a Democrat fundraiser.

Dems in Virgina........get a clue there is NOTHING wrong for the GOP Governor to attend GOP fundraisers..........just like its ok if the installed one attends Democrat fundraisers.

Why do the Dems always complain about the strangest stuff?

Posted by: allenridge | March 19, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Leave it to the WaPo to waste space on their website for a total non story. Of course, it's about a Governor they hate and did all they could to prevent him from being elected.

This story is laughable. It's OK for a sitting governor (Tim Kaine) to accept the chairmanship of his national party, but not for Bob McDonnell to give a speech at a fundraiser? Gimme a break, how stupid do you think we are?

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | March 19, 2010 7:06 AM
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Yeah don't forget it was the same corrupt liberal/progressive POST that run Deeds campaign in Virgina.

And don't forget it was the corrupt liberal/progressive POST that sat on an olde story from the 1980's concerning a term paper that McDonnell wrote until weeks before the election in order to de-rail McDonnell.

The POST is a very dirty liberal/progressive political paper.

Very dirty indeed...........

Posted by: allenridge | March 19, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Pot, meet kettle.

DNC head for Tim Kaine and a hidden agenda from the people of VA and this dem awipe calls Gov Bob awol?

Posted by: PigNeck | March 19, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry Kumar - I'm not clear on what NEWSWORTHY information you were trying to communicate here...???

Posted by: sw11231 | March 19, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

This is a pretty lame criticism. If that's all they got then McDonnell can basically ignore these critics.

Posted by: Eric12345 | March 19, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Jared must be paid by the word. Otherwise, it's a waste of press release paper.

Posted by: ShortPumpShorty | March 19, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

The reason this story matters is because it proves McDonnell's hypocrisy.

Yes, Kaine spent a lot of time out of state as well - but the GOP and McDonnell criticized him, saying the governor had no business doing anything out-of-state. They're not willing to abide by that rule themselves, which only proves that the GOP will say anything to get elected but lacks the integrity to follow through with real actions.

Posted by: mdennis74 | March 19, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

This post writer must really be stupid to not find something better to report on. Tim Kaine spent most of his last 2 years in office campaigning and fundraising. But that was fine as long as he did his job too.

Posted by: rdl3105 | March 19, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

WAPO bend over and take it. Dems lost Kennedeys seat in Mass, lost Va Gov's race, and will lose many more seats/positions in the fall with the healthcare for poor people.

Dems, please do more town hall meetings in the fall. THEY ARE GREAT!

Posted by: Italiaxxx | March 19, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Ronald McDonnell is again living up to his name. We will have a Democratic governor in VA in 2014. I guarantee it.

Posted by: mbc1954 | March 19, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Kaine was MIA for half of his term. I really don't see anything wrong with McDonnell giving a speech to his own party.

Posted by: VaBroker | March 19, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey Anita . . . didn’t you forget to mention Bob McDonnell’s 20-year old thesis?

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVirginia | March 19, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I guess the complaining would stop if Bob McDonnell was appointed head of the RNC. As usual, the democrats hypocrisy is unmatched.

Posted by: Drumfire | March 19, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Did the Post hire this reporter from a high school newspaper??

Posted by: logan303 | March 20, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

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