Kaine Was There Before He Wasn't There

Below is a follow-up e-mail to an included news release, verbatim, (with certain non-germane individuals and mobile numbers deleted) from Governor Tim Kaine's Deputy Press Secretary, Lauren Cunningham, earlier today. We post without comment:

----- Original Message -----

From: Governors Update Mailing List

To: Governors Update mailing list

Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2009 10:34 AM

Subject: RE: Governor's News Release

Due to inclement weather, Governor Kaine was unable to attend this morning’s announcement with SYKES. I apologize for any confusion.


Lauren Cunningham

Deputy Press Secretary

Governor Timothy M. Kaine


From: Cunningham, Lauren

Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2009 10:16 AM

To: Cunningham, Lauren

Subject: Governor's News Release



Office of the Governor

Timothy M. Kaine, Governor 


December 9, 2009

Contact: Lauren Cunningham

Phone: (804) 225-4262

Internet: www.governor.virginia.gov


RICHMOND – Governor Timothy M. Kaine today joined Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated, officials to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s Southern Gap industrial park facility that has brought more than 250 jobs to the Buchanan County area over the past year. SYKES, which also operates a facility in Wise County, is a global leader in providing outsourced customer contact management solutions and services in the business process outsourcing (BPO) arena.

"I’m excited to congratulate SYKES on its newest Virginia facility," Governor Kaine said. "This company has maintained a presence in Wise County for more than 10 years and has proven to be a valuable corporate partner. This latest endeavor is a great way to kick off Southern Gap industrial park and a great sign of progress and good things to come."

SYKES provides an array of sophisticated customer contact management solutions to Fortune 1000 companies around the world, primarily in the communications, financial services, healthcare, technology and transportation and leisure industries. SYKES specializes in providing flexible, high quality customer support outsourcing solutions with an emphasis on inbound technical support and customer service. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, with customer contact management centers throughout the world, SYKES provides services through multiple communication channels including phone, email, Web and chat.

"We continue to see a demand for outsourcing, and the expansion of our Buchanan County operations is a result of SYKES adapting to meet this demand," said Chuck Sykes, SYKES President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are grateful for our partnership with the community of Buchanan County and have found here a labor market full of intelligent and hard working people."

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Buchanan County and The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority to secure the project.

"We are delighted to have SYKES in Buchanan County as the first business to locate in our new Southern Gap business park and thank them for the jobs they are creating for our citizens," said Carroll Branham, Chairman of the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors.

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Okay, we do have one comment: What else has Governor Kaine, over the last four years, said, done or attended that he did not actually say, do or attend?