According to Virginia Beach’s mayor, Will Sessoms, the decision to back a Democratic Party candidate for governor was “agonizing” and it marked the first time that the Republican mayor has ever swung his support behind a Democrat for the top spot on the executive side of government. Sessoms endorsement of McAuliffe on Tuesday should be the final domino that pushes Virginians of all political persuasions towards voting for Terry McAuliffe in November.
According to Sessoms, “After my conversations both with Cuccinelli and with Terry, it’s clear as day that I think Terry is going to be very responsive to the needs of this city, and that’s what it’s all about for me.” That’s right my fellow brothers and sisters of Virginia, “clear as day” that Terry McAuliffe will be responsive to the needs of Virginia Beach. But, you may be asking, what about my city, or county, or suburb, and so forth?
On the one hand, you have a candidate whose primary message has been create, build, and grow as a community and as an economy (i.e., Terry McAuliffe). And then there’s Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who has made his claim to fame as a candidate more than willing to raze government and government services to the ground while contradictorily expanding government in areas that will meet his own social agenda.
It’s clear why Mayor Sessoms chose to support Terry McAuliffe for governor of Virginia. McAuliffe has a positive vision of what Virginia should look like during his tenure and into the foreseeable future. Cuccinelli, by contrast, appears to only concern himself with how much of Virginia’s taxpaying dollars he can throw away while claiming to support fiscally conservative political policies.