In announcing the endorsement, the VEA noted Wagner's longstanding commitment to education, which resulted in historic investments in 2004 and 2008 by Governors Warner and Kaine. In the bipartisan 2004 budget, Warner helped steer $1.5 billion in new money to public education, resulting in Virginia being named the "best state to raise a child." Along with Governor Kaine, Wagner helped negotiate the landmark Higher Education Bond Package in 2008, which provided $1.6 billion for new buildings and infrastructure upgrades on college campuses across Virginia. In contrast, the organization noted, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling has consistently voted against new funds for education, including the 2004 budget and bills to raise teacher pay in Virginia to the national average.This statement most definitely is heading in the right direction as it helps to illustrate some of the work she's done in the past. At the same time, however, we still don't see much of Wagner's individual initiative. For instance, even the statement said that "Warner helped steer $1.5 billion" towards education. Even if this is a typo, it is yet another reminder of how she wasn't the person taking the initiative on these projects -- it was Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. So while the Wagner campaign took a step in the right direction, it obviously still has a lot of work left to do before Jody's able to overcome the double digit lead that Bill Bolling has in all the polls.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Jody Wagner Took Step In Right Direction But Still Has A Lot of Work To Do
I have been rather blunt with some of my criticism about the Wagner campaign's inability to actually give some specific examples of the work that she's done and how that qualifies her to be Lt. Governor. I've brought this up in meetings with Jody and her staff present and online to promote some discussion about how her campaign could improve. Well, it appears as though somebody might actually be listening because her latest press release announced that she received the endorsement of the Virginia Education Association (VEA) and gave some specific examples of work she's done surrounding education the past.