As many of you know, I have endorsed my friend and fellow Senator Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) in the Democratic primary for Governor. The primary voting day is June 9th.
Today the Post ran a front-page article on Senator Deeds. Here’s the link.
The Post tends to “dumb down” state elections, by focusing on social and cultural issues while ignoring bread and butter economic polices. That’s unfortunate, especially considering the current economic climate. There is just too much at stake to sacrifice this nomination to the litmus testers.
Here’s what I know:
I served with Creigh and saw him stand side-by-side with NoVA Democrats like me in 2008 when we passed SB 6009 which changed the funding formulas and — for the first time — gave Northern Virginia an outsize share (35%) of state transportation dollars to fund our unique transit needs. That bill would have supplied $400M annually to Northern Virginia to unbreak our traffic gridlock and create thousands of jobs. (See my post from June 26, 2008).
That bill failed in the House, because there was not enough backbone to pass a “one penny a gallon” increase on the gas tax, a necessary revenue to support any new bonds. Pathetic. Sorry, but it’s time to call it like it is.
This year, Creigh stepped up with bills that focused on alternative energy exploration and development. He also passed a bill which equalized the tax burden on local farmers who grown their own food. I was a chief co-patron. He was with us in the Senate when we held the line on cuts to K-12 and higher education. That’s representing the people.
OK, enough good government. Back to politics. Here’s something for Democrats to focus on: who has a record of running against Republicans and beating them?
Creigh has run as a rural Democrat in western Virginia for nearly 20 years now. He has won and won consistently by listening to his constituents and responding. So obviously he’s doing something right.
I’m pleased that Virginia Democrats have a contested primary for Governor. As the majority party, we should. We have three outstanding candidates and I’m honored to call each of them a friend. However, I will be casting my vote to the one who has a record of winning elections.
Because there is too much at stake to lose.