“Bob McDonnell will not raise taxes as governor”

Now that the transportation bill has passed the General Assembly, and the congratulatory press releases are circulating, I think it’s important to bring one, last item back from the vault for public viewing.

In the early summer of 2009, then-candidate Bob McDonnell refused to take Grover Norquist’s taxpayer protection pledge. He said at the time:

“…I will tell you exactly what I think, because I’ve answered your questions today, and I will tell you that I have no plans to raise taxes.”

I took him to task then, which earned this response from his campaign:

Bob McDonnell will not raise taxes as governor. Virginians know Bob McDonnell, and they know where he stands. They know he keeps his word, and that is reflected in the fact that he kept all seven of the campaign promises that he made when running for Attorney General. He has been a consistent leader fighting for lower taxes, including voting more than 50 times as a delegate to cut taxes, resulting in over $2 billion in tax cuts. He was chief patron of legislation to kill the death tax. He co-patroned numerous other tax cutting measures. Bob McDonnell knows you grow an economy by ensuring citizens keep more of what they earn, and business owners have more money to invest in creating new jobs and expanding their operations. Virginians are certainly not under taxed. As Governor, Bob McDonnell will make Virginia a magnet for new jobs and economic development by keeping taxes low, cutting spending, and reducing excessive regulations.”

Just wanted to put that back on the record…in case someone might have forgotten it.

  • Bushed again.

  • He never had any intention of keeping his word. Politicians who refuse to put in writing the promise to oppose higher taxes are saying they aren’t really that concrete in their verbal assertion.

    • Chad Parker

      No, McDonnell just never had any intention of allowing pre-conditions into his ability to govern.

      • Pre-conditions like keeping a written promise to constituents? God forbid. He lied his way into office either way.

        • Chad Parker

          What written promise to constituents, and what lie?

          • It’s simple. He did not put in writing his verbal promise to not raise taxes. Your argument that such promises get in the way of governing is ludicrous. He said it and then broke the promise, that makes him a liar regardless.

          • Chad Parker

            Oral. Verbal means to use words–in writing, or orally. Sorry, pet peeve.

            He also said he has no plans of raising taxes. But that doesn’t mean he was going to cut off his left arm given no other option. Leading often requires difficult decisions, and abandoning good intentions, especially when those good intentions conflict with differing political philosophies. Because McDonnell was elected to lead all Virginians, and compromise and civil discourse are what make the Commonwealth great.

          • pinecone321

            Remind me never to hire you as a lawyer, or any lawyer you may support, such as McDonnell.

        • pinecone321

          Paul- McDonnell never signed the no new Tax pledge. As was posted on another article here, he felt that he didn’t need to sign any pledge, because he used his word as his promise. I don’t care if someone signs something or not. When you make promises, in order to win election, and then not only go back on those promises, but pass the biggest tax hikes in VA history, you are unworthy for any future vote from anyone who considers themselves a part of the Republican party. Apparently he lacks knowledge of what a gentleman’s handshake means.

  • Chad Parker

    Are you guys running out of material? I swear this same post was on here yesterday or the day before.

    Regardless, McDonnell showed true leadership. He understands that government isn’t some adversarial game where the
    majority party gets whatever they want, and the minority has nothing.
    Government represents all people. Ask anyone their opinion about the
    deal, and they’ll say it has flaws. But look at the deal from the
    broader perspective, and you find its the result of bipartisan
    compromise, and legislators actually working together. Only the fringes
    from both parties and those seeking higher office are opposed to it–so
    the unreasonable and the opportunists.

    Grover Norquist has no place in the selection of our leaders. To pigeonhole candidates by asking them to sign a pledge that will limit their options in governing is a danger to democracy. We elect our leaders to lead unconditionally. McDonnell said he had no plans to raise taxes, ad I believe he had no plans to raise taxes. But he showed the courage to abandon his good intentions to seek an historic bipartisan compromise.

    Now if only Cantor can do the same. . .

    • Chad, the minority got everything they want: redistricting, Medicaid expansion, and a tax increase larger than $5 billion. There wasn’t a hint of conservatism in this bill. No one forces candidates to sign the Pledge – they make that promise to the people they’re asking to vote for them. Why is that complicated? The reason he never signed the Pledge is because he actually did have intentions of doing just that when the time was right. Let’s not fool ourselves.

      • Chad Parker

        Let’s not get into a silly argument about a man’s intentions. Instead, let’s look at what we can knowledgeably debate: signing a pledge that puts conditions on your ability to govern. Who is a better leader–one who can evolve and adapt to situations based on changing circumstances, or one who limits their governing options to win votes?

        • For some reason you accidentally said “govern” when you meant “raise taxes.” I’ll forgive the mistake.

          • Chad Parker

            So were you going to answer the question?

          • The better leader is the one who realizes that the budget has exploded in the last 10 years, that there are still numerous outlets that he could have pursued to get the kind of money needed for transportation without raising taxes, and that the average Virginia family will see more than $1000 in higher taxes thanks to it, something they cannot afford. He is a hypocrite who opposed Tim Kaine’s efforts to do the exact same thing he just did. His evolution is not laudable nor is it something he should take pride in.

          • Chad Parker

            Now we’ve gone from the broad view into specifics again. Philosophically, who is a better leader–one who can evolve and adapt to situations based
            on changing circumstances, or one who limits their governing options to
            win votes?

            And then we can get into the Paul Blair solution to the problem plaguing the GA since 1986.

          • Philosophically, the better leader is the one who does not adopt liberal ideas in a quest to be able to say “I did something!” at the end of the day.

            My solution? Eliminate the liberal wing of the Republican party in the legislature and govern like conservatives who prioritize transportation with the money already pick-pocketed from Virginians. In 2015, you pick up 1-2 Senate seats and perhaps even defeat 5-10 Republicans in the House who have been problematic for more than a few years (looking at Leadership and a few more).

          • pinecone321

            There’s too much common sense in your suggestion Paul Blair, how dare you.

            With the sunlight of truth that hit many VA Republicans, with the revelation of the McDonnell/Bolling backroom deal on who would run for what positions in VA. that cycle, and promises of support if you go along with me, the whole heirarchy scheme has been revealed. I can promise it has sickened many.

          • Chad Parker

            Paul, you seem like an intelligent, thoughtful guy. What are your thoughts specifically on bipartisan compromise? And how do you apply those thoughts to the passage of Obamacare?

            Pinecone (and its fitting that you don’t use your name, given that your thoughts and comments are not unique and individual, but rather a regurgitation of the extreme fringe), it was well known in 2008 that Bolling would run for reelection in return for McDonnell’s support in 2013.

          • pinecone321

            Oh, we should most definitely go with the “leader” who has the ability to “evolve.” It’s always a good thing when you become the etch-a-sketch “leader.” I’ve noticed how Obama has “evolved,” and no telling what position he will “evolve” on on any given day. McDonnell has followed suit, unfortunately it is the liberal suit, which has been found to be empty.

        • He just evolved and adapted himself into a Democrat.

    • RestoreAmerica1

      The only thing that Governor McDonnell proves with this transportation bill is that he is a liar. I pray to God that Eric Cantor doesn’t start behaving this badly and start lying to the people. Bob McDonnell, who I supported well before he ran for Governor, has lied and grossly mislead the people, I will nerver trust him again.”Trust is the glue that bonds great people, processes, and environments, and ensures long-term success. If this critical component is missing, everything else falls apart.” – Rita Bailey

  • Mark Cernak

    He a politican and that’s what the majority do! They tell you what you want to hear then you know he was just like Bush senior “read my lips” no new taxes. If all the money from the gas tax would of went to the roads in Richmond and Washington it would of been quite different but they did not do that. They always use taxes that are suppose to go for a specific need were they want to and then say they need to raise taxes.

    In this economy these “geniuses” in Richmond and Washington can only come up with more taxes – What leadership!”

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