Governor McAuliffe

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Governor Gives "Going Away" Speech

Highlights Successes In Final State Of The Commonwealth

January 10, 2018 - 10:15 pm

Richmond, VA ( –   Governor Terry McAuliffe used his final State of the Commonwealth speech to highlights his accomplishments over the past four years, something common for speeches given by Governors as they are heading out the door.  The Democrat stressed economic development wins, as well as strong revenue numbers, but didn't shy away from taking a few shots at Republicans as well.

McAuliffe noted the heavy GOP losses in November, and told General Assembly members the lesson should be to work together.  He also pointed out his record-setting amount of vetoes.  The Governor did make a final pitch for Medicaid expansion, something that may prove possible after he's gone, given the tighter margins in the House of Delegates (51-49 GOP majority).

Republicans responded that the Governor seemed to highlight his role much more in the economic successes, with Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment (R-James Cioty) joking that he wondered if lawmakers took the last four years off.  McAuliffe leaves office Saturday, and Republicans appear much more eager to work with incoming Governor-elect Ralph Northam, whom has legislative experience McAuliffe did not.

Photo Credit:  Matt Demlein, Newsradio WRVA