The Gainesville Times recently interviewed the hapless Jeanette Rishell trying to divine what legislative agenda she promises to pursue. After what must have been a lengthy conversation, they came up empty. Jeanette Rishell simply doesn’t have any ideas at all.
As far as funding transportation improvements, she’s still in search of ideas:
“Well, I’ll tell you, all options need to be on the table. And I’m willing to talk to any one, any time any where for ideas,” Rishell said, regarding transportation funding.
“All options” is a pretty thin cover for not having a clue about what to do in Virginia, but it sure does get a lot of play.
When asked whether the phrase “all options need to be on the table” is just political-speak for her supporting tax increases, Rishell replied, “No, that is not true. No one goes to Richmond to raise taxes. Nobody. There have been circumstances that have made that necessary in the part and there will be circumstances like that in the future.”
We learn however that she can kinda go both ways. Go figure.
Something she does not favor is an increase in the gas tax as “it burdens those who can least afford to pay it.” Such a tax increase would also be reliant on a fossil fuel at a time when Virginia needs to be exploring alternatives forms of energy, she said.
However, at least talking about a gas tax would be one of the options on the table for Rishell because “I would know the Senate would want to talk about that and if the Senate wants to talk about a gas tax, we would have to discuss that.”
Just as long as someone else will take the political heat for proposing a tax increase, she’s ready to seriously discuss it. Folks, that’s real leadership, I tell ya. It’s almost as good as telling bald-faced lies about your opponent, — but we can still talk about having “all options on the table” once again. It sure beats either telling voters what you really intend to do, or admitting you have no idea what to do and are blindly casting about for someone else to clue you in.
Rishell did not speak specifically about which incentives she supports to bring in new jobs to the state and the 50th district, but she said, “I will meet with or talk with any one any time any where” because “only by bringing in business will we have the revenue to fund transportation” while protecting the core-services provided by the state.
In his years of serving in elected office, Delegate Jackson Miller hasn’t ever reverted to this kind of dodgy behavior. We knew where he stood, he voted the way he said he would, and did what he said he would do. Now why in the world would anyone want to trade that in for someone who can’t even explain their legislative agenda?
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