Despite a 17% margin, newly elected Bob McDonnell pledged to govern the way he campaigned and to steer towards the center. He and others have added that they have no mandate.
According to the Washington Post:
The state’s Republicans have recaptured the governor’s office after eight years out of power. But Gov.-elect Robert F. McDonnell made no mention Wednesday of issues that drive the party’s social conservatives, such as abortion and gun rights. He said during a packed news conference at the State Capitol that his focus would be to create jobs, keep taxes low and repair the state’s tattered budget.
“I just want to let everybody in Virginia know that I intend to govern the same way I campaigned,” he said. “I tried to tell people in a detailed way what we intend to do, and now that it’s time to govern, I want to go about the business of getting results and accomplishing those goals.”
This pledge is good news to independents and moderate Republicans who took McDonnell at his word. Virginia has generally profitted from those elected officials with a centrist philosphy. Let’s hope Governor-elect McDonnell can keep the uber-conservatives from nipping at his heels and will be able to keep his word.