This is No Real Surprise
January 4, 2009 by vagunrights
Barack Obama has named Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to head the Democratic National Committee. Kaine had previously told Obama that he would not accept a cabinet level position in the new administration. Kaine said he wanted to finish his term as Govenor. I guess Kaine figures being chairman of the DNC will not require much time away from his duties as Governor. Actually, he had a lot of practice considering the amount of time he was on the road for Obama last year. I can’t say I am surprised by this because Obama likely wanted to give Kaine something for all of the work he did on Obama’s behalf and since he would not accept a cabinet post the only thing of substance is the DNC chairmanship. We shall see if Kaine can do more for the DNC than he has done for the Commonwealth. To date, Kaine only achievements have been in the political realm – helping put control of the State Senate back in the hands of his party, and working to push Virginia in the “Blue” column last election.
Kaine has signed one pro-gun bill of substance – the bill outlawing N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s firearm straw purchase schemes, as well as some minor pro-gun bills. But the two most important pro-gun bills to pass during his term – the bill repealing the restaurant ban and the bill allowing non-CHP holders to carry concealed firearms in private motor vehicles if stored locked in container – were both vetoed. Kaine is also famous for having tried to use public funds to support the 2000 Million Mom March while he was Mayor of the City of Richmond.