McDonnell's latest moment in the national spotlight
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) found himself getting quite a bit of national attention Tuesday.
In his speech calling for the mass firing of the Obama administration's economic team, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) mentioned McDonnell and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as two public officials who are doing things right. (Read the full speech.)
In Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell entered office facing an unprecedented $4.2 billion deficit. His predecessor, the chairman of the Democratic party, proposed closing the shortfall by imposing the largest tax increase in the state's history.
Governor McDonnell refused to balance his state's budget by making it harder for Virginia families and business owners to balance their own.
In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie entered office facing an $11 billion deficit. His predecessor, also a Democrat, left behind a bloated government that used election-year property tax gimmicks to survive one set of broken promises after another.
Both governors forged bipartisan cooperation, set priorities, cut spending and closed their shortfalls -- without raising taxes.
"From his first day in office, Mr. McDonnell took a tax increase off the table because he says 'it will injure our economy, slow the recovery, and cost us jobs,' '' the Journal wrote. "His strategy to cut spending across most categories stands in contrast to Washington's, where everything except defense gets branded as 'stimulus' to get more money. The feds could do worse than employ the Virginia strategy to close its deficit chasm -- and they almost certainly will."
McDonnell is no stranger to national attention. He got more than his share when he was involved in one of two gubernatorial races last year and when he was chosen to give the Republican response to Obama's State of the Union Address in January. But his announcement that the state has a bit more money than expected, some would argue through accounting maneuvers, has not been bad for his reputation of late.
August 25, 2010; 5:24 PM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Robert F. McDonnell , State Senate
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