Longtime conservative leader, 2014 U.S. Senate nominee, and 2017 Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie released the following statement Thursday on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s decision to veto Senator Mark Obenshain’s charter schools bill, Delegate Dave LaRock’s Education Savings Accounts bill, and Senator Siobhan Dunnavant and Delegate Dickie Bell’s virtual schools bills, four major pieces of education choice legislation.
“Earlier today, Governor McAuliffe was on the radio bragging about setting a gubernatorial record for vetoes. I’ve never seen a governor so proud of everything he didn’t get done for the Commonwealth. Unfortunately for Virginians, he’s added to his record by vetoing four pieces of legislation to expand opportunities in education. These were commonsense bills that would have helped all Virginia students, and they are four bills I will sign into law as governor.”