Who knows Virginia? I know Virginia. He doesn’t – or so goes the weekend flap over U.S. 58 here in southwest Virginia.
It started Sunday, when Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign released a video picking up on Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s line about making U.S. 58 a four lane highway to boost the economy of places like Martinsville. U.S. 58 is a four-lane road from the Hampton Roads waterfront to Martinsville, the 3-1/2 minute video notes, featuring rapid-motion drive along its length, as well as comments from unidentified people that they want a candidate for governor who really knows the state.
But in Southwest Virginia, U.S. 58 from a bit west of Stuart goes down to two lanes in several stretches on its way west. Pretty drive, too.
Democrats were quick to point this out. So, again: Who knows Virginia … and so on.
Mind, to be precise, the Cuccinelli campaign said its video was meant to address McAuliffe’s argument that a four-lane highway from the port through Martinsville would spur economic growth.
McAuliffe actually said he wanted to “four-lane 58 all the way out from the port.”