As with Riley, this post is not a reflection of Virginia Virtucon as a whole, but rather of myself as an individual.
Everyone likes to talk about the Constitution these days, don’t they?
We all throw out adherence to the Constitution, especially as Barack Obama seems so intent on flaunting his disregard for it.
But under the Virginia Constitution, the Lt. Governor only has two duties.
The first is to break ties in the Senate, and preside over the Senate. And to this point, let me assure you all seven of the excellent candidates for LG on the Republican side would break ties in favor of the Republicans.
But who can actually use the rules of the Senate to advantage the Republicans? Who can make sure that our Senate majority is preserved, even in the face of an obstinate 20 member Democrat bloc?
Only two LG candidates have ever been in the Senate and know the rules to help us here: Jeannemarie and Steve Martin.
But there is a second Constitutional duty of the LG. And that is to become Governor if something happens to the Governor.
Someone will, in a time of rapid change, need to make sure the departments run properly, the trains run on time, and that conservative principles are actually applied on a daily basis in ways that matter.
Only Jeannemarie has served in the executive branch, in Gov. McDonnell’s cabinet. As Washington Liason, she took a leading role in fighting Obama’s job-killing policies, and she sat in on cabinet meetings and reported to the Governor on a regular basis. She knows what the departments and agencies are doing, and is uniquely prepared to become governor should the need arise.
So, as far as the Constitutional duties of the LG, Jeannemarie stands tall, with experience and accomplishments no one else can boast.
That’s not all, however. We as Republicans need our LG candidate to do one more thing.
Our LG candidate needs to help elect Ken Cuccinelli governor and help elect our outstanding AG candidate as well.
Here is where Jeannemarie really shines.
Last year, we were all terribly disappointed to see Barack Obama re-elected. Many of us worked very hard to prevent that, but we could not overcome the deficiencies in our Republican coalition.
Translation: If we don’t do better among minority communities and single women, we will always be a minority party, never winning the “big ones”.
That means a Federal and State government that becomes more and more like a leviathan through policies enacted by the people’s representatives.
We need to speak our principles to communities who do not normally hear them- in their language, in ways they understand. And this, Jeannemarie has been doing for decades.
It’s easy for someone who has never stood for public office to make proclamations about what everyone else is doing wrong. But Jeannemarie was elected four times from a 57% Obama district- a district that votes similarly to Massachusetts.
Friends, for a pro-life, pro-gun, pro-business woman candidate, that is no small feat.
Jeannemarie will help Cuccinelli and our AG candidate talk to single women and minority voters to peel them off from the Obama coalition. Those voters will prove crucial in November as we are withstanding the brunt of all of Terry McAuliffe’s “Mississippi Money”.
THAT is the addition to the ticket that will pay dividends in November. The addition that will provide balance to the ticket and help us get the 45% in Northern VA we need to win statewide.
We need Jeannemarie.
I urge you to stop by her ice cream social hospitality suite on Friday night, and to vote for her this Saturday at the Convention in Richmond.
Yours in victory,