Ken Cuccinelli sent an op-ed to the Washington Post on transportation…and in the process, revealed that he had unlearned the lessons of the last six years.
His attempt to plant one foot on each side of the fence regarding Plan ’13 From Outer Space was bad enough. Reminding everyone that he backed the Newman tax increase plan was worse. However, it was this sentence that made it clear he is not the man low-tax, limited-government Republicans hoped he was:
Similarly, in 2007, I voted in favor of a bipartisan transportation package that allowed congestion-prone localities in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia to collect taxes — independently of Richmond — to fund congestion relief.
For the uninitiated, that “package” was the infamous HB3202, in all its abusive-driver-fees, putting-a-gun-to-local-governments-to-raise-their-taxes, and land-use-rules-that-set-off-exurban-county-revolts glory. It was the *one* vote that angered so many of Ken’s backers that he nearly lost re-election in 2007. It was the one vote so many of us thought Ken recognized as a mistake.
Now, he takes pride in that vote once more. He has, once again, become a squish.