It happens every year in every election cycle in Virginia. A Republican candidate running for office talks about the overstep of Washington, how the government needs to get out of the way, we need lower taxes, make the state available for business. We need to stop the intrusion of government, of regulation, of tax-hikes, etc.
All those things are true.
The problem is nearly EVERY Republican candidate says them, no matter what office they’re running for. It’s near the point now that candidates seem to not even bother looking at the job description for the office(s) they’re running for.
This year’s Republican Lieutenant Governor candidates are taking the cake though.
They run on an anti-Washington agenda while running for a position where they have zero say, influence or position to do anything about it. The problem is the lack of understanding in the grassroots about what Richmond does, and specifically the Lieutenant Governor. Governor McDonnell has giving Lt. Governor Bolling significantly more responsibility for job creation during his term, but even that is mitigated by the state legislature and the governor’s office itself. But the grassroots and convention voters will only support who they hear talking about what they want to hear, and anti-Washington plays well, when it absolutely shouldn’t.
If our nomination contests are the to the point that whoever throws out the most red-meat to the crowd, then what the hell is the point. Romans butchered Christians in the wagonloads for entertainment and the crowd loved it, demanding more and more and more. I’m not going to select who I’m supporting based on the same tired ‘anti-Washington’ lines or generic platitudes. I actually care about what you’re bringing to Richmond and to the Lieutenant Governor’s seat. It is a divided senate, so some issues are going to come to an LG’s vote, I understand that. But the overwhelming majority of what we’re hearing about and going to hear about for the next four months has ZERO to do with what the Lt. Governor can control or influence. We need to hold ourselves to a higher standard and vet the candidates, rather than encouraging nonsensical red-meat.
So below, I’ve taken snippets of issues that the current field has said or lists as an issue on their campaign website, with some snark beneath it.
I’m going to leave out names, so people don’t feel like I’m picking on any one candidate. This information below again is from the candidates own websites. Note: some candidates still do not have an informative web presence, four months before the convention.
To emphasize, the Lieutenant Governor in Virginia has two constitutional duties: presiding over the State Senate and serving as Governor if the sitting Governor is incapacitated or dies in office.
Here’s the ‘issues’ some of the Lt Governor candidates are running on:
Government spending, higher taxes, and punitive regulations have created an environment where entrepreneurship and risk taking are discouraged, and growth stalls.
Which of the Republican controlled Governor, Lt Governor, Attorney General, House of Delegates and/or State Senate is calling for more spending, higher taxes and more regulation?
Will lead to achieve real reductions in state spending
The Lt Governor does not submit a budget and is constitutionally prohibited from voting in the Senate on it.
We will fight to make sure the federal government does NOT destroy our coal industry and put thousands of our fellow Virginians out of work.
That’s what the Attorney General does, not the LG.
Our personal freedoms are under assault by Washington and the Obama Administration. Our religious liberties and our Second Amendment rights are being targeted and systematically attacked by the liberals and the bureaucrats.
Attorney General again.
We are going to fight to see that Virginians are not saddled with debt by a state government trying to be all things to all people.
Virginia is constitutionally obligated to have a balanced budget.
Again, not all of their talking points are bad and a few are valid regarding their stance in a divided senate. But we need to hear what their vision of the LG office is, more importantly, what Ken Cuccinelli’s vision is first, before anything else comes up. The Lieutenant Governor is not going to do anything to make either the country or Virginia energy independent, to fight Washington gun control laws, to stop constitutionally encroachment, mandates from Washington, etc etc etc.
Let’s educate ourselves on the LG’s office and find out what they’re going to ACTUALLY do in the constitutional office, not what the grassroots thinks it wants to hear.
Otherwise whoever says ‘Reagan’ the most wins.