A person I admire very much who I know is a strong follower of Christ asked me today: Is Governor McDonnell a honorable man? Is he a believer [in Christ]?
I answered (after a long pause) YES, I believe the governor is a honorable man and is a believer. I am very disappointed with the deal he cut on the transportation tax – allowing Medicaid to be expanded like that to get the tax bill he wanted. I think this was a horrible mistake.
But Governor McDonnell can try to correct this horrible mistake but he has to do three things:
1. Veto the Medicaid expansion
2. Then veto the transportation tax bill so that he is not dishonorable in breaking his word to the Democrats that voted for it to get the Medicaid expansion. Then call a special session to deal JUST with the transportation tax bill.
3. Go on statewide television and also go to tea party and GOP groups and say he made a terrible mistake in cutting that deal for the transportation tax bill by expanding Medicaid.
I think there is merit to some sort of increased taxes for roads. I think Governor McDonnell can persuade people to enact some sort of tax increase for roads. But he cannot tie it in to Medicaid expansion when he promised he would not.
I appeal to the Governor who I have supported in this blog many times to step back from the brink of irrevocable political harm and veto both bills and begin both the mea culpa and to persuade Virginians that some sort of roads tax is needed. But not like this. I would add that this whole thing might also sink AG Cuccinelli’s chances of winning the election this year. I am having to start to persuade people to not lump in the Attorney General into the mix. I do not want to see Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager become governor.