Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is urging his likely Republican opponent, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, to join the bipartisan opposition to attempts to redistrict state Senate district boundaries.
“At a time when we should be focusing on working together, we simply can not afford the partisan tactics that have plagued Richmond for far too long,” McAuliffe said. “The divisive partisan move by the Senate has dominated an entire week and is hurting the Commonwealth’s ability to focus on economic development and find mainstream solutions to make Virginia a better place for business.
“I strongly urge Attorney General Cuccinelli to join Governor McDonnell, Lt. Governor Bolling, and myself in speaking out against this divisive redistricting plan and instead focusing our efforts on more important issues like transportation and education.”
There is widespread opposition to the redistricting plan, with Gov. Bob McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine all lining up against it.
â€œThis is not the way we should be conducting the peopleâ€™s business in Virginia,” said Warner and Kaine in a joint statement. “We are encouraged by Governor McDonnellâ€™s statements today expressing disapproval of the tactics that were used. We urge legislative leaders and other elected officials to do the right thing to correct this disappointing and disruptive partisan action.â€