Ford O’Connell and Steve Pearson of ProjectVirginia have penned an excellent article that appeared in the Washington Times.
On a conference call shortly after Governor McDonnell’s historic victory, then Governor Elect McDonnell asked us to hold his feet to the fire on the promises made during the campaign.
O’Connell and Pearson do just that in the article.
The McDonnell approach to budget negotiations strongly resembles the Obama administration’s approach to its signature legislative initiatives – paint broad objectives and leave details to the legislature. Thankfully (or not, depending upon your perspective) this approach hasn’t proved effective in Washington. We can’t help but wonder whether Richmond is heading for a similar impasse if Mr. McDonnell doesn’t take a more active role. Playing it safe may be the low-risk strategy for someone who has been held up as an example of the new breed of Republican leader – but Mr. McDonnell risks both the party’s image and Virginia’s future – as well as his own image and future – if his strategy stalls out
Read the entire article by visiting this ProjectVirginia link.