There are only 20 short days left before Virginians will go to the polls and decide the fate of the Virginia Senate majority along with other key offices across the Commonwealth. I know how hard you all are working so I will keep these updates brief, but it’s important that I share some recent events with you.
The DPVA’s Get Out the Vote swing has begun, and I’m on a marathon three week sprint across Virginia in support of our 2011 candidates. I’m putting everything I can into these final days to make certain our party stands shoulder to shoulder with the Democratic legislators and candidates who are the last sea wall against a Republican agenda that is too reckless and extreme to contemplate.
We began the swing on Tuesday with a roundtable in Portsmouth with local community leaders and activists hosted by State Senator Louise Lucas. Congressman Bobby Scott, Senator Mamie Locke, Gaylene Kanoyton and a host of other prominent leaders from all over Hampton Roads were on hand to talk about the importance of keeping our majority in the Senate, picking up seats in the House and keeping our party united and strong heading into the 2012 elections.
Later in the day I had the terrific honor of meeting the President prior to his remarks in Emporia. I made sure to express how grateful we are to him for visiting Virginia and for fighting for what is right in our country today – more jobs and more fairness in our economy. As the press focused in on the attacks flying back and forth in this week’s Republican debate, the President was here talking about real issues – getting people back to work and restoring the middle class. President Obama’s visit allowed him to talk directly with Virginians about the need for Congress to pass the American Jobs Act – a bill that will help our Commonwealth and our nation as we move out of this recession.
In fact proposals in the President’s plan would create 10,500 Virginia jobs repairing and modernizing our out-of-date roads and bridges; prevent layoffs for 10,800 of Virginia’s teachers, firefighters and first responders, and reward the hard work and service of our many veterans and military families. This proposal for immediate job creation contrasts sharply with Republican plans that rely on the same old trickle-down economics that have hurt Virginia families for decades.
The fight we have in front of us is one of the most important, and most difficult, of our long history as a party. But I know that if we stand together over these next nineteen days and beyond, we can and will succeed.
I am so proud to have the chance to crisscross the Commonwealth as your Chairman making the case for our candidates, and I am looking forward to hitting the road with a number of our most prominent Democratic leaders as well. Please stay tuned for more information about events in your area and make sure you are following our DPVA Facebook, Twitter, and the DPVA iPhone App for more information.
As always, thank you for what you are doing on behalf of the Democratic cause. See you on the trail!
PS: Attached are some photos from the President’s visit to Portsmouth and Emporia.