Bill Howell Kicks Some Ass

By VA Blogger

Read his response to Chairman Kaine’s whining last week here, and kudos to WaPo for printing both sides.

I’d like to follow up on a point I made last week. Tim Kaine was elected Governor, despite the fact that Republicans controlled both chambers of the General Assembly when he was sworn in and still control the House of Delegates by a healthy margin. Voters elected him to lead, yet all he has done on transportation is contribute to the gridlock in Richmond and then blame Republicans. He seems to be confusing his responsbilities as DNC Chairman with those of Governor.

The buck stops with the Governor. Here’s hoping our next one acts like it.


  • Thanks for the link to the Speaker Howell’s article in the Post, VAB – I missed it last week while I was out of town. It was an excellent response and one the Democrats really can’t argue with.

    I’ll be interested to see how Deeds defends his votes on transportation issues to voters in Northern Virginia. He can’t get away with pitching NoVA vs. RoVA in this election, so watching him dance around those issues will be entertaining.

  • Ryan says:

    Good post Va B

  • This is great stuff from RPV!:

    Tim Kaine Invents Two-Day Work Week
    – “A Little Fun on the Weekends” Apparently Begins on Wednesday –

    RICHMOND – Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins today congratulated Tim Kaine for creating what appears to be the first ever two-day work week in any state in America. Facing criticism for his extensive, yet secret, travel schedule as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Kaine explained through a spokeswoman that he conducts national party business mostly on the weekends. Four of the six events highlighted by Virginia Republicans occurred on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

    “Even the governor is allowed to have a little fun on the weekends,” said Kaine spokeswoman Lynda Tran (Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 20, 2009).

    On Friday last week, the Republican Party of Virginia unveiled an Internet video spotlighting Kaine’s travel schedule and his reluctance to disclose to Virginia citizens where he is at any given moment. (Video here:

    “It is a major accomplishment for Tim Kaine to have enacted the two-day work week,” Mullins said. “Until now, most Virginians believed that the weekend started on Friday afternoon. Through Tim Kaine’s leadership, we now know that the weekend can start as soon as midday on Wednesday. I’m sure this will be heartening to the 20-percent of Martinsville residents that are currently out of work.”

    An accounting of Kaine’s travel as reported by various news outlets around the country revealed only six disclosed destinations. They are as follows:

    · May 2 – Durham, NC – Saturday
    · May 8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Friday
    · May 20 – Dallas, TX – Wednesday
    · May 30 – Miami, FL – Saturday
    · June 11 – Chicago, IL – Thursday
    · June 19 – Kansas City, MO – Friday

    “Kaine said he will do the DNC job on personal time, evenings and weekends,” reported the Associated Press on January 6, 2009 (“Kaine Says He’ll Limit Time Spent As Party Leader”). “‘I think it will be an electronic gig anyway, using e-mail and phone and others,” Kaine added.

    “Apparently, part of the ‘electronic’ portion of Tim Kaine’s ‘gig’ at the DNC involves walking around the pool at the $800 per night Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami,” Mullins said. “That’s good work, if you can get it.

    “It’s clear he has not limited his political job to weekends, and we really want to know when he is not working for Virginia, like he was elected to do,” Mullins said. “Where I come from, Wednesday is not the weekend or personal time – especially if you’re the elected Governor of Virginia.”

    On Friday, June 19, 2009, Mullins submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the governor’s office, seeking information pertaining to the daily schedule of the governor dating back to January 2009, when he became chairman of the DNC. It further requests records pertaining to expenses related to the use of the State Police Executive Protection Unit assigned to guard the governor’s safety.

    Under Virginia’s FOIA law, the governor’s office has five working days to respond or can obtain an additional seven days if extra time is needed to compile the requested information. The office can comply completely with the request, issue a partial collection of documents while explaining what legal exemptions allow them to omit others, or deny the request completely while explaining which legal exemptions allow them to refuse the request.

  • VA Blogger says:

    LI, I really think that’d be a great post. Mullins is right to take the hammer to Kaine. First, Kaine said being Chairman would distract too much from being Governor. Then when he took the job, he said he’d do it only part-time. Now it’s clear he’s a full-time Chairman and a part-time Governor (if even that much). Yet people still give him a high approval rating, as if he’s done anything in his four years in office.

  • Chris says:

    Now if only Howell wouldn’t have hired a certain consultant to advice HoD candidates to run left on guns. But what do I know

  • VA Blogger says:

    What does guns have to do with Howell’s editorial on transportation?

  • Chris says:

    Its a good editorial, but I would hardly say he kicks ass . . . need we remember how he pulled the plug on Northern Virginia last time around to throw money down to Real Virginia?

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