Posted on | March 1, 2013 | 20 Comments
Virginia is for lovers. . .of elections. There is a state convention in Richmond in May, to select the GOP slate for this November’s races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General.
The shy, retiring Ken Cuccinelli managed to overcome his introversion and clear the decks for the Gubernatorial race. Attorney General has two hard-chargers looking to carry on The Cooch’s tradition of staunchly defending liberty.
The action, then, is at the Lieutenant Governor level, where there are seven (7) candidates. Last night, there was a forum. Some candidates had surrogates speak, others offered their stump speeches, but there was one who cut right to the chase about McDonnell’s Folly:
It turns out that her other half is a retired Officer of Marines. Having been raised a military brat myself, one can attest that active duty spouses are made of stern stuff. When anyone retires from a full active duty career, it is very highly likely that the first person thanked at the retirement ceremony is one tough-as-nails blessing of a spouse. The chops that held down the homefront are evidenced by her record as Chairman, Stafford County Board of Supervisors. She is clearly packin’ the gear:
- Cut overall real-estate taxes 3 years in a row, 7 cents below the equalized rate ($11M)
- Abolished the business tax (BPOL)
- Reduced the boat tax
- Zero’d out the Rt 17 tax district
- Eliminated Falmouth/George Washington District Impact Fees
- In 2010, 2nd consecutive budget less than the year before (not done since 1965)
- Rolled back general admin staff to 2004 levels
Her speech was a rousing call to conservative action, covering her record and inquiring just what McDonell was on about with the tax hike. None of the other candidates in attendance went anywhere near that elephant in the room, which was surprising. One would have expected at least the other two in attendance to get beyond their stump speeches and say something, anything about what appears a colossal Left turn.
The position of Lieutenant Governor is substantially a ceremonial one, but an important means of raising visibility. Virginia’s LtGov race this year is an embarrassment of riches: they’re all great candidates, and one wishes a composite of all of them were possible. Such would be a conservative juggernaut.
I’m not certain of all the rules at the May convention, but I guess it’s three rounds, dropping the bottom two finishers, until the final three contestants have some kind of steel cage match to see who makes the ballot. Good times.