Bob McDonnell Reneges On His Transportation Promise

Friday, January 15, 2010

Well, that didn't take long.
Despite making transportation a top priority during last year's campaign, Gov.-elect Robert F. McDonnell (R) said Thursday that he will not propose a fix during this year's legislative session.


"That's a bombshell," Sen. J. Chapman "Chap" Petersen (D-Fairfax) said of McDonnell's delay. "I seem to recall that Governor-elect McDonnell campaigned on the idea that he had a plan -- that he beat up Creigh for not having a plan -- so I'm very surprised not to see legislation to enact that plan during this session."
Actually, I don't think it's a "bombshell" as much as it is "reality." The fact is, during last year's gubernatorial campaign, Bob McDonnell said whatever it took to get himself elected, even if it bore not the slightest possible resemblance to the aforementioned "reality." On transportation, everyone should have known that McDonnell's proposals didn't add up and/or would never be enacted. For instance, anyone who seriously believed McDonnell's claim that offshore oil drilling would generate serious revenues for Virginia in the next four years probably also believed that Bob McDonnell would magically figure out a way to balance Virginia's budget and pay for needed services through gimmicks like privatizing ABC stores. They might have even voted for McDonnell based on this belief. Well, welcome to reality. As I've said before, and as I'm sure I'll say many more times, this is going to be a looooong four years.