McDonnell, Kaine prepare for transition

By Andy Jenks - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Not even a day removed from his election night home run, Governor Elect Bob McDonnell began reaching out to all Virginians.

"For those that supported me, again I say thank you. For those that did not, I want to say, give me a chance to earn your trust," said McDonnell.

That work begins, in the transition. To assist, McDonnell is calling on outgoing Attorney General Bill Mims, and Dominion CEO Tom Farrell, but he said no decisions have been made; on who will assume cabinet positions once he takes office.

"Some may be democrats, some will be republicans, some may be independents," McDonnell said.

Earlier, Governor Tim Kaine said he'll do everything he can to make McDonnell's transition, a smooth one. Which is not so simple, facing a multi-billion dollar state budget gap.

"It's different when you get in office and you have to start making the budgetary decisions. So, I hope to make an awful lot of the tough decisions to enable the next governor to get a little breathing room," said Kaine.

Kaine will propose a new budget in December. McDonnell will have to deal with it - and potentially change it.

"I hope that we'd have some work together, so that whatever the governor is able to propose, its things that I would support," said McDonnell.

The governor-elect said it's hard to say what if anything he would cut, or keep, until he gets a full budget briefing. That comes later. So far - the only "inside information" has come from President Obama.

"He said, be sure, the first thing you do is to thank your wife," McDonnell said.

McDonnell plans more announcements on the transition in the coming days. Kaine, on the other hand, is already talking about his plan to move back home in January to his Ginter Park neighborhood, and rack up plenty of frequent flyer miles as the full-time chairman of the DNC.

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