Deeds at Olde Salem Days
Creigh Deeds the Democratic gubernatorial candidate found himself backed into a corner by media when trying to articulate his transportation plan. In an interview last week with anchor Jay Warren of WSLS Channel 10. Deeds was pressed by Warren on whether he would increase the gas tax to fund transportation. Deeds came within a hair of admitting that a gas tax increase was the only way to solve Virginia’s transportation woes.
Just watching Deeds squirm under media questioning made for viewer frustration – “just go ahead and say it – we can only get that new revenue from a gas tax increase,” said this viewer.
Let’s face it admitting to any tax increase in an election is considered “political suicide.” I guess his handlers had advised him to “dance the little side step.” It didn’t work and only served to make Deeds look like he was hiding something. Voters are not too keen on “guessing” what a candidate might do once elected.
On October 20 at Roanoke College Channel 10’s Jay Warren will moderate a debate between Deeds and his Republican challenger Bob McDonnell. After Warren’s aggressive questioning Deeds may have given some thought about getting out in front of Warren before the debate.
Deeds commentary in The Washington Post is honest. If Virginians want honesty they should credit Deeds for taking the political risk. If you want good roads you have to pay for them. There’s no “robbing Peter to pay Paul” that will fix it as McDonnell maintains. Dipping into the general fund and privatizing ABC stores is like Bullwinkle pulling a “rabbit out of a hat.” It didn’t work for Bullwinkle and it won’t work for McDonnell.
Virginians need straight talk not magic tricks. Virginia’s economy depends on good roads to serve new business and new jobs.
Virginians need to oppose taking money from the general fund where education, health and human services, and public safety funds are already stretched thin.
From Deeds Commentary in The Washington Post (read Deeds Commentary in its entirety):
Let me be clear regarding taxes. I will sign a bill that is the product of bipartisan compromise that provides a comprehensive transportation solution. As a legislator, I have voted for a number of mechanisms to fund transportation, including a gas tax. And I’ll sign a bipartisan bill with a dedicated funding mechanism for transportation — even if it includes new taxes.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Commentary, Election 2009, Politics, State Politics
Tags: democrat, economy, election2009, party_politics, republican, transportation