Tim Kaine has learned a lot from President Obama. Just like Obama is using the Navy Seals that killed Osama Bin Laden for his own political gain and wants credit for doing nothing more than convince Valerie Jarrett to let him order the raid on the Terrorist’s compound, it seems Tim Kaine now wants credit for the new Wise County Power Plant in the Southwestern Virginia town of Virginia City.
At least Obama did something. Kaine? Nada!
During the best of economic times, the Coal Producing region of Virginia has struggled to provide jobs for the residents and this is one of the poorest areas of the Commonwealth. The area is rich in natural beauty and the people are hard working, God fearing individuals with hearts as big as the mountains that dominate the scenery.
They are proud people who may not have the advantages of us “city folk” but they have a spirit of self reliance that is simply missing in the Metropolitan areas of Virginia.
And I know these wonderful people. Several years ago I had the fortune of spending a good bit of time in the area in a town called Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The company I worked for at the time served the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and I was the Service Engineer in the state. And I feel a special connection to the people in coal country because my Dad was born in West Virginia and my ancestors came to America from Wales trading the Welsh mines for the American mines and far more opportunity.
So I can tell you with authority that the new ad Tim Kaine is running boasting about the Hybrid Energy Center and his work to bring this plant and the jobs to this depressed area of the state is not being viewed too kindly in the mountains.
The way they remember it, Tim Kaine didn’t lift a finger to help battle the EPA. He didn’t help with the massive barrage of lawsuits filed by environmentalists and he never wavered in his support for Obama’s anti-coal agenda.
I was on a conference call with State Senator Bill Carrico and Delegate Terry Kilgore a short while ago and these two gentlemen are upset that Kaine would try to claim credit for something he not only didn’t do, but he was, in fact, a huge hindrance to completing the project with his support of the agenda.
Kilgore said he didn’t even remember Kaine attending the groundbreaking.
Carrico pointed out that it was actually Mark Warner that started the ball rolling on the power plant and Kaine had nothing to do with the project.
The voters that Kilgore and Carrico represent are upset that Kaine would try to take credit for this. It is at best dishonest. Kaine’s support of Cap and Trade and the draconian EPA regulation as Obama’s main cheerleader at the DNC are still fresh in the minds of coal country Virginians.
If I were George Allen, I would send a camera crew out there to ask the 600 Southwestern Virginians who were laid off a couple of weeks ago, or the 700 that were let go earlier this year, or the estimated 4100 to 5600 people who can expect to lose their jobs with the anti-coal policies Tim Kaine supports what they think about Kaine’s laughable attempt to say “I Built That Power Plant”.
I know what they would say!
“Tim Kaine, YOU DIDN’T BUILD THAT!”
And take down your untruthful ad!