Opinion: This is why we can’t have nice things in Virginia

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Written by Ashley Frechette

We are less than one week into Governor Northam’s tenure as Virginia’s governor and already Virginia Republicans are throwing a temper tantrum. Namely, Kirk Cox. It is being reported that Mr. Cox marched into Governor Northam’s office the day after his address to the Joint General Assembly meeting to complain that his speech was “too partisan”.

Now, I’m sure Mr. Cox is feeling a little threatened. His position as Speaker was only solidified with a name drawn out of a bowl. Cox, a career politician who assumed office in 1990, has always seemed to covet this position, but maybe it’s time to step away. His attack on the Governor’s speech is incredibly telling. Is it Napoleon Syndrome? Or the sign of someone who so desperately wants the big title but doesn’t have the guts to run for it? Either way, it’s not an appealing quality in a governmental leader.

If you followed his campaign, Governor Northam’s address to the Joint General Assembly was no surprise. His speech read exactly as his campaign website and his previous campaign speeches. Education, healthcare, and jobs were all on the Governor’s mind. These are areas typically of common ground in the Commonwealth and clearly it was on voters minds in November. To say this address (which laid out no specific plans, slander, or smear campaign, mind you) was “too partisan” is an insult to voters.

Our concerns as citizens of Virginia are not partisan. These are concerns that affect our friends, our families, and our neighbors. Quite frankly, it’s disappointing that Mr. Cox and other Virginia Republicans are so opposed to finding common ground that they would throw a temper tantrum better suited for the playground where rational thinking is still being developed. That’s not to say the blame isn’t shared — Democrats aren’t exactly coming out smelling like roses in this fight — but enough is enough.

The fact of the matter is that Republicans still hold the majority despite Democratic leadership at the helm. Now is not a time for pride and egos, it’s a time to sit at the table and have grown-up discussions about important things. Our communities are relying on those elected officials to shelve their opinions and look at what is best for the vast majority of Virginians in the communities they serve.

And to all of the leaders of the GA, let me just remind you that you work for us, the constituents. Your personal beliefs are to be shelved when you walk in that door. Your one goal is what is best for the people in your community. We do not care if you do not get along or that you’re having a bad day, or that someone didn’t agree with your opinion. That does not matter. You are in your workplace, not a bar or a playground, and you must hold yourselves with dignity and grace. If you cannot hold yourselves to those standards than we kindly ask that you resign immediately so that we can find someone who can. We will no longer stand for the nonsense that has plagued politics and Washington for far too long. Enough is enough

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One thought on “Opinion: This is why we can’t have nice things in Virginia

  • January 19, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Hear, hear!! Very well said and I wish this op-ed could be run on every national platform possible!!


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