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House panel rejects Kaine nominee for cabinet post (VA)
Virginian Pilot ^ | March 7, 2006 | WARREN FISKE

Posted on 03/07/2006 5:00:14 PM PST by csvset

RICHMOND — House Republicans today rejected Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s nomination of former labor leader Daniel LeBlanc to be secretary of the commonwealth, marking the first time legislators have denied a governor an appointee to his cabinet.

LeBlanc, was defeated on a party-line 55-42 vote with Republicans saying the former president of the state AFL-CIO could not be trusted to protect Virginia’s right-to-work law which bars compulsory union membership.

Kaine, a Democrat, was visibly angered during a meeting with reporters. He noted that none of the House’s complaints against LeBlanc were shared by the Senate, which confirmed the nominee by a 40-0 vote late last month.

“I view it as not just an affront to me and the Senate and to Danny, “ Kaine said, “but I view it as basically spitting in the face of regular people, regular working people, who had Danny as their champion.’

The governor said House Republicans “have taken a huge leap past any degree of partisanship that’s ever been shown in this commonwealth and they have decided that Washington-style, McCarthy-style politics is what they want to practice here in the House of Delegates.”

The rejection of LeBlanc and the sharp partisan rhetoric reflect growing tension between Kaine and the House GOP as the 2006 legislative session draws to a head. House Republicans have firmly rejected calls by Kaine and the Senate to raise taxes to improve transportation. The impasse is expected to keep the General Assembly in session past its scheduled adjournment on Saturday.

House Republicans voted unanimously against LeBlanc, an action that suggests the GOP is hanging tightly together as budget negotiations begin.

LeBlanc’s is the only nominee for cabinet appointment to be rejected since the cabinet system was put in place in the early 1970s by then-Gov. Linwood Holton, Kaine’s father in law.

The secretary of the commonwealth advises the governor on about 4,000 appointments to state boards and commissions. Republicans fretted that LeBlanc’s opposition to the right-to-work law could lead to its disintegration and the unionization of the state work force.

“Other than the governor himself, the secretary of the commonwealth has the greatest power to affect policy of any other position in the Commonwealth,” said Del. Timothy Hugo, R-Fairfax. “He would possess the ability to fill these positions entirely with people who share his views on right to work.”

Republicans complained that LeBlanc over the years had made derogatory comments about several of Virginia’s largest employers. Del. John Cosgrove, R-Chesapeake, noted that LeBlanc once called Newport News Shipbuilding a “plantation.” Cosgrove said LeBlanc’s appointment would “send the wrong message” to businesses considering locating in Virginia..

Kaine supports right-to-work laws, and LeBlanc testified before the House earlier this year that he had no intention of undermining them. House Democrats conceded that some of LeBlanc’s past comments were “over the top,” but should be considered part of the rough-and tumble demands of his job at the AFL-CIO.

House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, said he did not trust Kaine’s pledge to uphold the right-to-work law. He said Kaine has already broken a campaign pledge not to seek tax increases until he won passage of a constitutional amendment that would protect transportation funds from being diverted to other services.

“If he doesn’t keep one promise, how can you expect him to keep a promise to protect the right-to-work law?” Griffith said.

Kaine said the House GOP has rejected his bipartisan overtures. The governor noted that he has appointed several Republicans to key jobs, including the wife of Jerry W. Kilgore, his opponent in last fall’s election, as executive director of the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation.

“The bottom line that everyone can be around the table except someone who bears a union card or someone who fights for the least among us is abhorrent to me,” Kaine said.

He said he would look for a position in his administration for LeBlanc that does not require confirmation.

Kaine portrayed the House GOP as out of step with Virginia on transportation and LeBlanc. “I think they’re going to regret it because we’ve been able to accomplish a lot of good things in Virginia working in a bipartisan way,” he said.

Reach Warren Fiske at (804) 697-1565 or at warren.fiske@pilotonline.com




TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: aflcio; checksandbalances; gop; kaine; plantation; unionboss; va; virginia

1 posted on 03/07/2006 5:00:19 PM PST by csvset
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To: csvset

The eyebrows are not amused!


2 posted on 03/07/2006 5:03:25 PM PST by OldFriend (HELL IS TOO GOOD FOR OUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA)
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To: csvset

Democrats only want to work in a bi-partisan way when they don't have the votes.

I don't recall many of them voting for Alito, for example.


3 posted on 03/07/2006 5:04:57 PM PST by Dog Gone (s)
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To: csvset

Maybe national Democrats can take a lesson away from things like this.

When you're the majority party, you can reject executive nominees.

When you're in the minority, you don't have the power to unilaterally reject any nominee.


4 posted on 03/07/2006 5:05:08 PM PST by RWR8189 (George Allen for President)
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To: csvset

Looks like the 'era of good feelings' is over in Richmond.


5 posted on 03/07/2006 5:06:20 PM PST by Natchez Hawk (What's so funny about the first, second, and fourth Amendments?)
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To: csvset

Trying to put a union thug in this position is way over the top.


6 posted on 03/07/2006 5:10:12 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: csvset
“If he doesn’t keep one promise, how can you expect him to keep a promise to protect the right-to-work law?” Griffith said.

That says it all.

7 posted on 03/07/2006 5:10:12 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: csvset
LOL!
I don't follow politics in that state, but this sounds like a really obnoxious nomination.
What is the party make-up of the Senate?
8 posted on 03/07/2006 5:11:27 PM PST by sarasmom (I don't care who John Galt is, I just need his email address.)
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To: OldFriend

The next headline will be, Governor browbeats GOP. ha ha


9 posted on 03/07/2006 5:12:19 PM PST by southernerwithanattitude
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To: csvset

Governor Kaine is a whack job. He cannot be trusted to keep Virginia safe either.


10 posted on 03/07/2006 5:14:33 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: csvset

in the famous words of Bob Dylan:

How does it feel?


11 posted on 03/07/2006 5:16:51 PM PST by Liberty Valance (We're gonna party like it's 1836 - Happy Birthday Texas!)
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To: sarasmom
It looks as though the VA Senate is 23 (R) and 17 (D)

Senate of Virginia

12 posted on 03/07/2006 5:24:32 PM PST by csvset
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To: csvset
LeBlanc, was defeated on a party-line 55-42 vote with Republicans saying the former president of the state AFL-CIO could not be trusted to protect Virginia’s right-to-work law which bars compulsory union membership.

Gee, I wonder why anyone would think that...

13 posted on 03/07/2006 5:30:50 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: Dog Gone

Dim Paine is being reminded that Virginia is a red state.


14 posted on 03/07/2006 5:33:10 PM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: csvset

At last the Virginia Republicans are acting like responsible adult leaders! Yea! They have not forgotten all they used to stand for like low or no taxes!


15 posted on 03/07/2006 5:33:22 PM PST by olezip
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To: muawiyah
Governor Kaine is a whack job. He cannot be trusted to keep Virginia safe either.

Yeah, I've been sayin' it ever since he won, but this state's gonna have one of the biggest hangovers of its life here shortly from a political perspective.

But hey, that's what happens when your candidate has a moron for a campaign manager and decides to run on one issue, the death penalty. Kilgore could have won this easily had he just had some people with brains in his camp.

16 posted on 03/07/2006 5:33:29 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: olezip

The GOP VA legislature is tough. Or can be.


17 posted on 03/07/2006 5:34:03 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: Fruitbat

"But hey, that's what happens when your candidate has a moron for a campaign manager....."

Hutchison's head is full of moths isn't it?


18 posted on 03/07/2006 5:36:22 PM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: Fruitbat
If Kaine had said he was going to re-run the transportation tax fiasco, Kilgore would have won.

As it is Kaine is now complaining that the House doesn't want to re-run that particular tax fiasco.

I am reminded of the black knight in Monte Python and the Search for the Holy Grail ~

It is definitely hangover time!

I think the House can initiate action to impeach this nut case.

19 posted on 03/07/2006 5:37:58 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: DarthVader

It was a horrible campaign, one of the worst I've ever witnessed.


20 posted on 03/07/2006 5:38:36 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: Fruitbat

Jerry listened to the wrong people and just fritted away a sure victory.


21 posted on 03/07/2006 5:43:57 PM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: csvset; sarasmom
It looks as though the VA Senate is 23 (R) and 17 (D)

All but about 6-8 of those Republicans are major RINOs


22 posted on 03/07/2006 6:07:09 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (Edgar we hardly knew ye...)
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To: DarthVader
Jerry listened to the wrong people and just fritted away a sure victory.

I think he did. VA is strong GOP. After Kaine's term, it will be again for several terms.

23 posted on 03/07/2006 6:16:37 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: DarthVader
Dim Paine is being reminded that Virginia is a red state.

Kaine strikes me as being a complete dope. Frankly, I can't believe he won even with Kilgore running a joke of a campaign.

24 posted on 03/07/2006 6:19:49 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: csvset
Good news! Funny how when the RATS thwart the President, it is courageous statemship, but when Republicans thwart a RAT governor, it is mean-spirited and attack on the regular people.

No double standard here. Nope! None whatsoever!

25 posted on 03/07/2006 6:29:02 PM PST by Redleg Duke (Kennedy and Kerry, the two Commissars of the Peoples' Republic of Massachusetts!)
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To: sarasmom

Senate Party is 34 members.
Republicans 6


26 posted on 03/07/2006 7:01:41 PM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Please take a moment and THANK the VA Republican Delegates for voting down LeBlanc. Leblanc is an AFL-CIP union boss who has compared the right-to-work law as working on the "plantation".

These guys need to hear praise for (finally) growing a spine and standing up to our liberal governor.....

DelJCosgrove@house.state.va.us
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27 posted on 03/08/2006 6:39:39 AM PST by Gopher Broke (I would rather hunt with Dick Cheney than ride with Teddy Kennedy)
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