Virginia’s governor holds an annual breakfast for the state’s congressional delegation, at which they talk about how to work together. It’s a tradition that goes back at least a few governors, probably farther. Tim Kaine held the annual meeting at the governor’s mansion today, in order to coordinate on the federal stimulus with the delegation, which the General Assembly is eager to get details on in order to settle the state’s budget. So it’s a bit stunning that not a single Republican member of Virginia’s congressional delegation showed at today’s meeting. They didn’t cancel. They didn’t send a staffer. They just bailed. All of the Democrats were there, save for Rep. Rick Boucher, who had another commitment and so instead met with Kaine yesterday. Randy Forbes cited “a scheduling conflict,” and Bob Goodelatte claimed the same. Tim Craig calls it an “apparent boycott, while the AP says it’s “unprecedented.”
Since at least two these guys have ‘fessed up that they simply chose to be elsewhere, they can’t pretend they were shut out or excluded. I’m not clear on what they’re up to here, but I just can’t fathom bailing on a meeting of the whole delegation, called by the governor. If nothing else, it’s really rude. They’d best have a real good excuse, because otherwise I can’t see how this does anything but make them look bad.