Friday, December 16, 2005
Washington politicians could learn from their Richmond counterparts. Governor-Elect Tim Kaine holds left-leaning Democratic credentials. Virginia's Lieutenant Governor-to-be, Bill Bolling, is a conservative Republican. Yet following a recent meeting in Richmond they promised citizens something not often found inside the Beltway: civility.
Kaine and Bolling have different politics that will often cause them to support different policy positions. They seem to realize that does not mean their relationship should be anything other than respectful. After promising to have a "productive and civil" term, Kaine vowed, "I have no doubt we are going to have a relationship marked by a lot of communication." The two men said they hope to build on common ground in long-term health care, transportation, and environmental issues. They also pledged a partnership on homeland security -- something that should always sit outside the realm of partisanship.
Virginia's new leaders will disagree on major issues during the next four years. It is refreshing to see the Richmond-area residents say they will do it as gentlemen.
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