The Family Foundation press conference to rebut Governor Tim Kaine’s elimination of $275,000 in federal matching funds for abstinence education just ended. Among those speaking: Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, who detailed to the public his opposition to the governor’s action; Attorney General Bob McDonnell; June Sullivan, CEO of Horizons Unlimited, Inc., a Hampton non-profit that works to rebuild and restore the community by promoting healthy behavior in youth; Bob FitzSimmonds, executive director of Keep It Simple Say No, a Northern Virginia non-profit that provides schools abstinence education curriculum; and Prince William County School Board Chairman-elect Milt Johns. (Prince William now is Virginia’s second largest school system.)
Among the media attending in the packed House Briefing Room in the General Assembly Building were The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, The Fredericksburg Freelance-Star, Richmond television stations WTVR and WRIC, Roanoke station WDBJ, and Charlottesville’s WVIR.
More to come, but the line of the day came from Lt. Governor Bolling, who separately wrote a letter to Governor Kaine last week detailing his flawed rationale for cutting the program. The attorney general followed him, but advised the media that he had a short statement and couldn’t take questions because of a tight schedule. Bolling, who cracked up the room, said, ”If I had known that, I would have talked longer.” McDonnell replied, “Well, you gave my speech.”