Terry McAuliffe will be a problem-solver

Published 12:55 pm Saturday, November 2, 2013

To the Editor:

The impact on Virginia’s economy during the government shutdown cannot be understated. As home to hundreds of thousands of federal workers, contractors and federal facilities, Virginia’s economy is uniquely affected by lapses in federal operations. Unlike some other parts of the country, a shutdown in Virginia is deeply personal – many Virginians were either furloughed themselves or know someone who was.

Over the past weeks, the news coverage in Virginia has focused on Ken Cuccinelli’s refusal to speak out to protect Virginia jobs and his campaign appearance with Ted Cruz, the architect of the shutdown.

For voters, the shutdown also highlights the very different approaches of Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli, two candidates for governor. It illustrates, in a very real way, the kind of dysfunctional government Virginia would face if Cuccinelli is elected. Now more than ever, Virginia needs a mainstream problem-solver who will work with both parties, just as Gov. Mark Warner did. Terry McAuliffe will work with members of both parties on issues that affect our state, and will bring people together to break through this gridlock.

I hope that you will join me on Nov. 5 in voting for Terry McAuliffe as Virginia’s next governor.

Joycelyn Spight-Thrower