Thursday, January 29, 2009

McAuliffe Workday and Phonebanking for Bulova

I just received this press release from the Terry McAuliffe campaign. McAuliffe had previously announced that he planned to do a series of workdays around Virginia.

January 27, 2009


This Saturday, gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe will participate in the second of a series of work days with the fire fighters of Firehouse #41 in Fairfax Station. In his work days, McAuliffe is getting a firsthand look at the economy from the perspective of working Virginians, spending the day working alongside people in the jobs that they work every day around the Commonwealth.

Saturday afternoon, McAuliffe will also participate in a phone bank for Sharon Bulova, candidate for the Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fairfax County Firehouse #41
9610 Hampton Road
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

2:15 - 3:15 pm
McAuliffe for Governor Headquarters
7600 Colshire Drive
Fourth Floor
McLean, VA 22102
This is a great idea. The first politician to do this was actually Bob Graham, when he was governor of Florida. Graham had an irrepressible sense of humor and didn't mind poking fun of himself. Floridians were greatly amused to watch him mangle hamburgers in a Burger King and drop garbage, when he worked for Waste Management. Pretty much everybody agreed that the governor shouldn't give up his day job to join the blue collar workforce.

McAuliffe appears to have the same good natured sense of humor and willingness to try anything once. Heck, he once wrestled an alligator to raise money for Jimmy Carter.

Anyway, this will be a great event, which will also help out a great candidate running for Chairman of the Fairfax County BOS.

Don't think for one moment that we can rest on our recent successes. The Republicans are hungry for a victory and view Virginia as ground zero to begin their climb back from defeat. And they are not at all above their usual tactics of demogoguery, blaming Sharon and the Democrats for an economic downturn that by all accounts began with their national policies. I'll have more to say about that over the weekend.

Meanwhile, if you're in Fairfax, come out and meet Terry and make some calls for Sharon to get out the vote for the special election on February 3.


Anonymous said...

Real Quick here is the basic issue. For the last several years under one party rule the budget became bloated due to record rising tax recipts.

Last year the two republicans on the board recognized the already occuring downturn and proposed fiscally prudent budgets that recognized the coming shortfall. The majority Ds ignored it and spent away.

Now we have to face the consequences of our irresponsbile living large actions during the good years. To make matters worse Sharon has still refused to ACT or LEAD at all about this enormous issue instead choosing to wait for feedback from various sources.

This could have been much easier if programs and increases would have been much more realistic and prudent during the good times. Instead programs were allowed to mushroom and explode with little to no oversight.

What this campaign is ultimatley about is a lack of leadership by the D controlled majority board to keep budget growth under control. Much of this falls on Bulova who as Chair of the budget committee has basically avoided any type of hard or difficult decision of where to spend resources by simply choosing to go with the flow allowing programs to multiply and mushroom under her "watch"; clearly abdicating any responsibilites for her position.

I will close with this pricelss gem from Bulova. She is actually enjoying the budget process because it allows the budget to be studided in great detail. Its a shame it took a crisis situation for Bulova to begin to her job.


Anonymous said...

Actually the first politician to do work days was Senator Tom Harkin. Graham hired Harkins old campaign manager and that's how he started doing them. I wonder if McAuliffe hired the old Harkin/Graham campaign manager.