McDonnell statement on his governing majorityPolicyPolitics

Governor Bob McDonnell released the following statement this evening regarding the news that the state Senate would now be dead-locked, with Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling as the tie-breaking vote:

“Tonight, Virginia voters have made history. Republicans have gained at least 6 seats in the House of Delegates, bringing our majority to at least 65 members, the highest number Republicans have ever had in that body. In the Senate, Republicans have gained two seats, bringing the Party to 20 seats, with Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling holding the tie-breaking vote in the chamber. Over the course of this campaign, Republican candidates have focused on providing common sense solutions to the challenges facing our citizens. And that is how we will govern in the majority. We will continue to put forward common sense policies that will help the private sector create jobs and reform our government to make it more efficient and effective. I want to thank all the candidates, from both parties, who ran for office. Their commitment to public service is what our Commonwealth and country needs. Now, it is time to come together to govern and make this a true “Commonwealth of Opportunity” for all our citizens.”

  • Ron Lilly

    Congratulations to the Republicans. Now we will see if they keep their word. I certainly hope that they do, but I am not holding my breath. The Republicans have been given an opportunity to do what the people want, but if they blow it, the Democrats will be the ones celebrating the next time. Primarily, the people expect the Republicans to reign in government spending, create a situation in which business can flourish without government oppression, and restore our lost civil liberties. Will of course be watching.

  • Charlottesville Conservative

    The Governor’s statement says all the right things and strikes just the right tone.

    I hope Republicans in Virginia will follow through on McDonnell’s pledge to govern sensibly, and resist any temptation they may feel to “never let a crisis go to waste” and implement an unpopular agenda.

  • Mike Barrett

    I guess if you look at what is happening from the 30,000 foot level, this is simply grand politics. Majorities usually beget their own demise a decade later by overreaching and losing voter support. In a sense, if the republicans use their majority to pass their social engineering agenda, which is generally not approved of by most citizens, they will sow the seeds of their own future losses.

    Frankly, another advantage will be that their decade old war on our transportation infrastructure will now be totally owned by them, and as the outrageous tolls are imposed on Hampton Roads, and soon on other districts in the Commonwealth, it will be them that will have to answer to the voters. Clarity may finally come forth as to responsibility, and now it will be shared by the republican caucus in both the House and the Senate.

  • Bill Goose

    This responsibility thing, the democrats will benefit from in the senate where they have 20 seats. In the house they have 32 seats. They have not earned responsibility there. I am not sure what it is they get there, but respect and responsibility will not be something the democrats will benefit from in the House of Deleages. I invite the democrats in the House of Delegates to go hang out in Byrd park with Robert Nelms.