Friday, August 21, 2009

Bill Cleaveland’s Response to Opponent’s Comment

Roanoke, VA—Bill Cleaveland, Republican candidate for the 17th House of Delegates seat, today released the following statement:

“In an article just published in the Roanoke Free Press, my opponent is quoted as saying, “Just who controlled the house during these years?” This comment was made in response to my statement that Ms. Mason underestimated the current budget shortfall by a half a BILLION dollars (see Cleaveland Press Release of 08/19/2009.) I asserted that such inaccurate projections are significant contributors to the current financial crisis in the Commonwealth that we must now address.

While it may be understandable that my liberal opponent would want to divert blame from her ticketmates and try to blame the Republican controlled House of Delegates, the fact is that she has once again shown a misunderstanding of the facts and specifically of Virginia’s budget process. It is the Executive Branch (under the leadership of Governor Kaine), not the House of Delegates, who provides the budget projections. I wish my opponent would be less concerned with being loyal to her party’s national chairman and more concerned with being loyal to Virginia taxpayers. I understand that she does not want to acknowledge that her party’s Lieutenant Governor candidate (Jody Wagner) issued the failed projections, but the fact remains that they came out of Governor Kaine’s administration.

Now the General Assembly will have to decide how to address the resulting shortfalls. I think it is extremely important to make the tough spending decisions and not simply continue to hope that things will get better without credible evidence to back up those hopes. I am committed to pursuing policies that will grow our economy, not to increasing taxes that will restrict it. This is part of the “Common Sense Leadership” I will bring to the House of Delegates from the 17th District.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Commentary, Election 2009, Politics, State Politics

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Comments (1)

Newt

August 23rd, 2009 at 11:26 AM    


“Common Sense Leadership”?

If this statement is a testament to the kind of leadership Mr. Cleaveland will bring to the table, then we should have no part of it.

“I wish my opponent would be less concerned with being loyal to her party’s national chairman and more concerned with being loyal to Virginia taxpayers.”

Mean-spirited? Sure sounds that way. Blinded by Party? Without a doubt. Who wrote this statement? It seems to be taken right from the Republican press release handbook.

Mr. Cleaveland naively lays the budget woes at the feet of the Democratic National Party Chairman Governor. The truth is a LOT more complex than that and he should know that if he wants the honor of representing the citizens of his district.

Stone walls of intransigence have arisen in the General Assembly along party boundaries in recent years. I suppose, depending on your view from the wall,it’s debatable who’s most at fault for erecting the structure.

“Now the General Assembly will have to decide how to address the resulting shortfalls.”

Right Mr. Cleaveland. That’s what a General Assembly is supposed to do. Delegates aren’t elected to regurgitate the party line, they are elected to legislate for the good of all the people and the state.

Right now, our state is facing dangerous budget times across all service areas like transportation and education. We need legislators that will work together to support our vital services.

If Mr. Cleaveland is elected, my prayer is that he will become a legislator who listens and takes advice from all people.

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