Terry McAuliffe Says His First Executive Order as Virginia Governor Will Be to Protect LGBT Employees: VIDEO


Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe talked about his first actions as governor in a press conference on Wednesday, the WaPo reports:

Standing in a state Capitol that’s been tarnished by scandal, McAuliffe reiterated a campaign pledge to sign two executive orders on the day he takes office in January. One would limit the value of any gifts to himself or immediate family to $100.

That pledge is a reaction to the gifts scandal that has consumed outgoing Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), whose family has accepted more than $160,000 in luxury gifts and money described as loans from Jonnie R. Williams Sr., a businessman who also gave Cuccinelli gifts worth more than $18,000. State law allows office-holders to accept gifts of any size as long as they disclose those worth more than $50.

The other executive order, which McAuliffe said he would sign first, will protect state employees, including gays, lesbians and transgender people, from discrimination on the job.


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  1. Just like Warner and Kaine before him, before McDonnell eliminated the exec order. Obviously we need a concrete law banning discrimination in this state but this is nice.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Nov 7, 2013 8:42:05 AM

  2. What a change an election makes.

    Posted by: Rafael | Nov 7, 2013 9:20:44 AM

  3. @Francis, this is why Obama wants to go the legislative route with ENDA. Elections have consequences and if a Republican gets to the White House all progress can be gone with the stroke of a pen.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Nov 7, 2013 11:03:22 AM

  4. Yes NY2.0. Executive orders like this only go so far. Clear language banning this form of discrimination is what really counts to ensure that all workers have protection in the workplace. Unfortunately, it isn't going to happen in VA because of legislative chambers are both Republican controlled.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Nov 7, 2013 11:17:05 AM

  5. just remember it could have been The Cooch. anyone who says there's no difference between Republicans and Democrats is delusional.

    Posted by: sundayboy | Nov 7, 2013 1:50:24 PM

  6. Stick it to The Cooch.

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 7, 2013 5:28:55 PM

  7. Terry McAuliffe for President!

    Posted by: Brad | Nov 7, 2013 5:36:12 PM

  8. No, Brad. When Mother Jones writes a hit piece against you, you're not presidential material and never will be. That being said, Kookicooch was so odious that he was unelectable even in what is a barely purple, historically red state. I love the thought of his closet case blood boiling when he hears this today.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Nov 7, 2013 5:39:42 PM

  9. A statewide ENDA would never happen under Cuccinelli. The difference between these two candidates was like night and day. I am thankful that Cuccinelli can never be governor of VA until 4 years from now. I hope he is never governor of any state. He is too extreme.

    Posted by: Mousemess | Nov 7, 2013 6:05:50 PM

  10. In January,2014 it will be Hasta la Vista, Baby, to a nasty Cuccinelli who could not even have the grace to personally concede to McAuliffe. Good riddance to a bad man.

    Posted by: Mousemess | Nov 7, 2013 6:10:11 PM

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