BREAKING: Did We Start A Firestorm?May 18, 2009
In what surely will make large headlines tomorrow (ahem), Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins today called on Governor Tim Kaine to resign one of his two jobs if they are too "challenging" for him. In Saturday's Richmond Times-Dispatch, Governor Kaine seemed to complain about the stresses of chairing the Democrat National Committee in addition to his day job when he said, "I am trying to juggle two pretty challenging jobs. It's not an easy time to be a governor." We believe we were the first to comment on it (click here), followed by Bearing Drift. We teased him about showing some of that well-known liberal compassion and giving up the DNC job to a down-and-out Dem. But we also wrote that the governor surely knew the demands of the jobs, and that it was apparent his day job was suffering as a result of his moonlighting. Now, apparently, three days later, Chairman Mullins is catching up with his required reading.
Here is the RPV statement in full, issued only a few minutes ago:
Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins today issued the following statement in response to Tim Kaine's complaint about the burdens of being Governor of Virginia at the same time he is chairman of the Democratic National Committee. The Richmond Times-Dispatch quoted from Kaine's remarks to members of the DNC executive committee. Kaine said, "I am trying to juggle two pretty challenging jobs. It's not an easy time to be governor." (RTD, May 15, 2009)
Chairman Mullins' statement is as follows:
"I was sorry to hear that Tim Kaine is finding it difficult to manage his time between his political duties as head of the national Democratic Party and his constitutional duties as the Governor of Virginia. The people of Virginia elected him to do the job he campaigned for, which is of particular importance as many Virginians are facing difficult economic troubles.
"He simply cannot be a part-time governor when people are looking for full-time solutions. If Tim Kaine thinks his burdens are too great, he should pick one job to do and resign from the other."