Candidate Creigh Deeds revealed his transportation plan in The Washington Post today. In short he wants a “Bipartisan Commission” to study transportation. One he’ll appoint after he’s elected, no doubt naming the “Republicans” who endorsed him. Sort of a Potts-luck dinner. At best, that means another year with no transportation plan.
RPV responded with the following release:
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
Deeds Uses 800 Words to Say “No Plan, Higher Taxes”
WaPo Op-Ed Repeats RPV Message on Deeds’ Roads Plan, Uses More Words
YouTube Video of Deeds’ Epic Press Conference in Fairfax Now Over 45,000 Views
RICHMOND – Democratic candidate for governor Creigh Deeds today used nearly 800 words in a Washington Post opinion piece to deliver a message that could have been boiled down to just ten: “I have no transportation plan, but I will raise taxes.” In what can only be described as an application for a job in the Republican Party of Virginia press shop, Deeds echoed the very sentiment the party and its associated campaigns have been expressing for months.
Deeds: Just Wait and See …
“The day after I’m elected, I will begin assembling a bipartisan commission to craft a comprehensive transportation package,” Deeds incredibly wrote in the Post, blatantly telling the people of Virginia that they will have to blindly trust that he will concoct a transportation platform following the election.
Deeds: Higher Taxes Coming …
Moreover, he again made plain his desire to locate the funding for his yet-to-be-discovered transportation proposal inside the pocketbooks of Virginia residents. Expressing fondness for fabled tax increases of the past, Deeds wrote. “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.”
Recalls Disastrous Press Conference
Deeds’ opinion piece repeated the same ideas he attempted to convey during his now-infamous press gaggle following the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce debate on September 17th. In that exchange, Deeds struggled to conceal his plans to raise taxes, but was finally forced to admit that higher taxes are his priority. A video of the exchange between a befuddled Deeds and a perplexed, frustrated press corps has been watched over 45,000 times on YouTube in less than one week. (Click here to join the fun and watch.)
“I think it’s very kind of Creigh to help us advance the message that he has no transportation plan, but a very clear idea to raise taxes to pay for whatever it would end up being,” said Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins. “If he wants a job in our communications department, however, he’s going to have to be more efficient in his writing. You really don’t need 800 words to say what you should be able to say in ten or less.”
What are others saying?
Creigh Deeds Plans To Have A Transportation Plan After He’s Elected
From a campaign that touts “Deeds not words” they really aren’t delivering much of either.
The right-wing liberal
Now Deeds, who did nothing to stop his would-be predecessors from balancing the budget on the backs of drivers and redirecting money from roads to Obamacare-writ-small – yet still wants to run as the heir to their “legacy” – refuses to own up to what happened, and is now pretending that restoring the funding-priority balance in Richmond is “taking money from education and other obligations.”
Deeds Takes the Baliles Route to Higher Taxes
This is not so much a plan as it is a rerun. Some reruns are great (old Simpsons episodes are among my favorites). But reruns such as Mr. Deeds proposes would do little more than pour additional (and scarce) taxpayer dollars into a system that no longer works.
Virginia, Meet Your Mondale
I just read his suicidal op-ed in this morning’s Washington Post, in which, Walter Mondale-like, he acknowledges his desire to raise taxes. That kind of bold play may once have worked in deep blue states where liberal electorates prefer their liberal candidates to campaign on who’s going to raise taxes higher … but in a reddish-bluish-lavender state in play?
NV: “Deeds, teller of tall tales”