McDonnell Takes Over As Republican Governors Association Chair


Now that Texas Governor Rick Perry has officially launched his presidential run, the Republican Governors Association needs a new chair, and they have found it in Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.  According to McDonnell’s statement, “I look forward to working with my fellow Republican governors to expand our majority and ensure the RGA remains the most effective political committee in the nation. Republican governors are leading the way in helping the private sector create new jobs, reforming government and getting our economy back on track.”

Republican governors did have an explosive year in 2010, riding the wave of public dissatisfaction in the Democratic party to huge electoral victories.  Since then, with rabidly right wing governors like Florida’s Rick Scott, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Ohio’s John Kasich and Michigan’s Rick Snyder, many states are facing unprecedented budget crises, loss of social safety net programs and assaults on union workers and voter rights, with some even considering governor recalls for the first time in decades.

Still, if running the RGA itself is enough to start presidential ambitions running, McDonnell is ready to take over.  He’s already hinting at a desire for a vice presidential berth in 2012, and a possible run in 2016 if Obama does get reelected in 2012.

Of course, by that point he’ll have to try and elbow out Mitch Daniels and Chris Christie, two other Republican governors no doubt waiting eagerly in the wings.  We’ll have to see if his clout as RGA chair can push him in front of the others.  Needless to say, it wasn’t very helpful for Haley Barbour.

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Louise D.
Louise D6 years ago

If you want a job done right¸ hire a guy with a monkey for a head. That's what I always say. Still I do wonder what the Republicans will do next? Cancel Christmas perhaps as without Christmas¸ the US economy will collapse¸ anarchy will reign everywhere¸ they can blame the liberals and I won't get my pony! The whole Republican governors association has taken the aspect of cartoon villians it should be easy to figure out what they will do next as they do have a habit of monologing their plans.

Kenneth M.
Kenneth M6 years ago

Hello??....................................Diane O., are you there?........................
(((((.....echos as in a cave.........))))

Anybody seen Diane?...........................................Hello!!???.............
((((((.....silence, except for the wind..........))))))

Damn! Too many facts, too quickly. I must have blown the Teabagger fuse.

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

"Creating new jobs"? Expanding slavery is NOT creating new jobs.....

Kenneth M.
Kenneth M6 years ago

Diane O. You live in VA? Can you distinguish between reality and fantasy? Or are you just content to spew known propaganda and lies on this site, as you've done so often on the other threads here?

You say: "Bob McDonnell is Governor of my great state of Virginia and has done a stellar job cutting spending adding jobs and now has a surplus"

The current 2010-2012 VA budget was passed in 2010, the year Gov. Kaine [D] left office and McDonnell [R] took over. In 2010 the novice McDonnell couldn't find his ass with both hands, let alone create a sophisticated 2-year budget document, and so that balanced budget was largely due to the efforts of Kaine and his people (supported by the results of the policies of Gov. Warner before him), and the efforts of legislature, before and leading up to that budget passage in 2010. PLEASE!!!!!!

It is quite dishonorable to take credit for other's people's good work. Of course your little budget fantasy fits your malignant uber-partisan worldview that only [R]s do good..... Typical of you fact-challenged, disfunctional, dishonorable Teatards!

Let McDonnell take credit for HIS budget, the 2012-2014 budget, if he wants to.

Georgia L.
Georgia L6 years ago

Amen Joe.

Diane O.
Diane O6 years ago

Bob McDonnell is Governor of my great state of Virginia and has done a stellar job cutting spending adding jobs and now has a surplus. The Republican Governors are a guiding light to what other states need to do....they are the blueprint for all states in America.

He would make a great Vice President and an even better President one day IMO.

Chris Ray
Chris R6 years ago

Thanks Robin!~

Joe R.
Joe R6 years ago

Let's hope all Republican governors are as successful as Tim Pawlenty in their quests for President.

Suzanne H.
Suzanne H6 years ago

The R And T parties should be abolished and replaced with another type of party...Maybe, Compassionate Capitalism.....which can work with the Democratics to create a balanced, meaningful agenda for all life forms...