With all that being said, it appears as though both LG campaigns have insisted on playing the blame game recently when attempting to get press coverage. While this might get an article or two published, it really doesn’t do much good and ends up making both campaigns look bad. The latest example of this can be found in an article published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch which focuses on how Bill Bolling is blaming Jody Wagner for the financial crisis that Virginia is currently facing.
In a newspaper column and a fundraising appeal, Bolling links departing Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's former finance chief to the continuing cash crunch, faulting her for flawed revenue projections.Ok, so let’s actually look at what’s being said. Bill Bolling is essentially saying that Jody Wagner’s budget numbers are a major reason that Virginia is now having to make so many cuts and is facing a poor economic forecast. Anyone who has even remotely paid attention to what’s going on in our country would know that the economy across our country isn’t doing too hot right now. Just look at California having to issue IOU’s because it’s struggling so much and or the national unemployment rate which is rapidly closing in on 10%. To ignore these factors and claim that a state Secretary of Finance is responsible for Virginia’s problems just goes to show that Bill Bolling doesn’t seem to understand how things work.
Firing back, Wagner criticizes Bolling for opposing bipartisan measures, including new taxes in 2004, that won Virginia accolades for fiscal discipline from Wall Street.
Jody Wagner’s campaign, however, also doesn’t come out looking very good in the article. Instead of focusing on some specific examples of what Jody’s done to help the economy, the campaign launches attacks against Bolling for actions he took during 2004. Helping to prove that going negative wasn’t the best option, the actions Wagner’s campaign attacked Bolling for didn’t even do much because a bipartisan group of elected officials stood up against his point of view and with the Warner administration. In other words, instead of focusing on the good that Wagner could do as Lt. Governor went negative and brought up an old issue that didn’t provide an example of the harm Bolling would do if reelected.
I think the big lesson here is that particularly in a race where people don’t know much about either candidate, it is not a good idea to being launching attacks instead of focusing on what positive action could be taken in the future. I, for one, would like to hear what the Commonwealth’s former treasurer and Secretary of Finance would do to help Virginia. Or what our current Lt. Governor would like to do during his second term. So far we haven’t really heard either option, which does a great disservice to the residents of Virginia.