Our good friend state Sen. Ken Cuccinelli put up a great website back in 2003 that is still active today and even more relevant tomorrow. From that site come these gems:
“Had I had any idea that he would be embarking on raising taxes for Virginians, I would not have been there for him”
– former Governor Douglas Wilder referring to Governor Mark Warner, whom he endorsed in 2001.
“I will not raise taxes.” – Candidate Mark Warner, October 10, 2001.
Warner himself was blunt. “I will not raise taxes! I will not raise taxes! I will not raise taxes!” he insisted. October 2001.
“The fact is I will not raise taxes. You can say it 20 more times, but the people will know the difference.” October 10, 2001.
“What I believe the people of Virginia want is they want people who are going to keep their promises.” – Governor Mark Warner, March 25, 2003.
Under pressure from his gubernatorial campaign opponent, Mark Warner seeks to reassure voters he will not raise our taxes: He stated that he was “Someone who understands that government has to live within its means. Someone who will not raise your taxes.” October 2001
Mark Warner pushes the Sales Tax Increase Referendum legislation through the 2002 General Assembly Session and the Referendums are placed on the November 2002 ballot in the Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads areas. February 2002
The voters of Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads overwhelmingly reject the Sales Tax Increase Referendums. November 2002
Mark Warner embarks on a public relations campaign to confuse the citizens on his tax reform plan. When challenged on whether this might be a Trojan horse for raising taxes, the Governor stated, “Absolutely not!”. However, the Governor said he could not commit to revenue neutrality. March – July 2003
When asked about the term “revenue neutral”, Mark Warner said “I’m not sure what that means.” July 2003
(Yes, folks, I told you he was dumb.)
“Warner Opens Session With Call to Raise Taxes” – Frontpage Article Headline, Washington Post, January 15, 2004.
LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED…