Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Excellent Proposal

I have been pretty tough on the McDonnell campaign in the past, but I think they hit a home run last week with their new comprehensive transportation plan. It can be found here.

While I am sure not everyone agrees with every point on this proposal, I think having a plan for transportation has to be a cornerstone to any GOP platform in order to win back the suburban communities of northern Virginia and Hampton Roads (and a lesser extent Richmond metro).

The biggest advantage McDonnell has over Deeds is that he can claim being a suburbanite who understands what NOVAians face every day. Rolling out this proposal proves he recognizes transportation as a top issue that warrants attention. I think this is something that has been lacking in past statewide campaigns for the GOP.

This combined with the "Bob's for Jobs" campaign theme, I am starting to be very confident that McDonnell will pull this one out.

The next thing I am interested in seeing is if Deeds comes out with any major campaign proposals or platforms, or whether he takes the Kaine strategy of "vote for me b/c things are good".

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