Gov. McDonnell delivers on jobs – Northrop Grumman to relocate to Virginia
According to WaPo, the Governor will announce tomorrow that Northrup Grumman will be relocating to Virginia. This is a big win for Commonwealth, and an even bigger win for Governor McDonnell. The deal will likely create hundreds of new jobs and be worth millions in new revenue to the Commonwealth. As Joe Biden would say, “this is a big f’ing deal.”
One of the common themes coming from Democrats over the last few months was that the Governor’s many “missteps” – particularly the Confederate History month controversy, Ken Cuccinelli’s letter on sexual orientation, etc. would likely cost us the Northrup Grumman deal. I never thought those arguments held much water, but that didn’t stop folks from making them. Equality Virginia actually sent Northrop a letter advocating on behalf of Maryland specifically because of the LGBT issue. Blue Virginia
basically said the deal was looking “more and more likely” that Virginia wouldn’t get the jobs because of the sexual orientation issue. As usual, they were wrong.
My friend J.R. Hoeft over at Bearing Drift called the Northrop Grumman deal the McDonnell Administration’s “first big test.” I agree with him, and I’m happy to say that it looks to me as if the Governor has passed with flying colors.
Thank you, Governor McDonnell!