While the GOP presidential nomination clown car continues to go off the rails with utter insanity, the would be GOP candidates for the vice presidential slot are working to position themselves as viable contenders. Among them is Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell - a protege of Pat Robertson.
McDonnell is busy touting himself as a job creator, but many of the jobs are low end of the sort Rick Perry bragged about in the false "Texas miracle." Yes, the economy sucks, and yes there is stiff competition with other states, but nowhere in McDonnell's snake oil sales pitch does he admit that Virginia's reactionary image which has been worsened by both his own and the actions of Ken "Kookinelli" Cuccinelli and Virginia's Republican lunatics like Delegate Bob Marshall (who has introduced a "personhood bill") knocks Virginia off the list of potential relocation/expansion sites for many businesses.
Most job growth in Virginia has been concentrated in Northern Virginia close to the far more liberal District of Columbia with liberal jurisdictions like Fairfax County and the cities of Arlington and Alexandria. Among the areas of Virginia seeing the least job growth is Hampton Roads which continues to experience the flight of young college educated individuals who seek jobs in more liberal and progressive states and cities.
The Virginian-Pilot looks at Taliban Bob's effort to cast himself as something that he's not. Here are highlights:
While Northern Virginia has garnered the largest number of new jobs during his [Bob McDonnell's] time in office, Hampton Roads also lags slightly behind the Richmond area, which just before Christmas landed the state's single biggest jobs deal since 2004: two distribution centers for the online retailer Amazon.com Inc.
In all, the administration says it has brought 5,515 jobs to Hampton Roads. Of those, more than 2,100 came with pledges of government financial aid and other public assistance totaling nearly $5 million, according to a review of economic development announcements by The Virginian-Pilot.
Yet those anticipated gains aren't nearly enough to offset the 45,000-plus jobs the region has shed since the start of the recession, according to federal labor statistics.
State officials say they showcase Hampton Roads assets to prospective corporate tenants, but the ultimate decision on where to relocate or expand is up to the businesses. And even when companies select this area, McDonnell said, it can take a few years for them to start hiring.
[T]he bright spots emphasized by state officials don't overshadow anemic job growth that is "but a drop in the bucket to what we need" to reverse years of losses, according to Michael Cassidy, president of the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, which advocates for policies to help low- and middle-income Virginians.
McDonnell's claims about his job creation prowess deserve about as much credibility as the "ex-gay" myth peddled by his buddy, Pat Robertson.