Three Republican state legislators criticized former Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s stance on Virginia’s right-to-work law Monday during a news conference in which they supported George Allen in his race against Kaine for U.S. Senate.
Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge County, said Kaine staunchly defended President Obama’s policies during the two years he served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
But, Cline said, the Obama administration’s policies concerning labor issues are at odds with Virginia’s standing as a good place to do business.
"Is Tim Kaine going to side with Barack Obama and the National Labor Relations Board, or is Kaine going to say we need to defend Virginia’s right-to-work law?" Cline asked.
Brandi Hoffine, Kaine’s media spokeswoman, replied Kaine "supports Virginia’s right-to-work laws."
"He upheld the law as Governor and will continue to support states' rights to establish their own rules on this issue as a Senator," she said in an email statement Monday afternoon.
"For anyone to claim otherwise is ludicrous. By the standard Republicans are using, we could say George Allen is anti-right-to-work because he didn't speak out against the seven NLRB nominees President Bush confirmed in recess appointments."
Cline’s comments were made during a news conference call in which state Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, and Del. Brenda Pogge, R-James City County, also criticized Kaine.
Obenshain said Kaine has remained silent about presidential policies that would use the Davis Bacon Act to set wages at the national average instead of the prevailing, lower, wage rates in Virginia.
The Obama administration is repaying labor unions for their support, Obenshain said.
"We have seen evidence of that with the expanded use of the Davis Bacon Act to wedge union shops in right-to-work states, and we saw it with the president’s recess appointments to the NLRB," Obenshain said.
Cline said Virginia’s rating as a good place for business "is going to take a huge hit if the current administration continues to undermine right-to-work states."
Obenshain said Kaine has kept a "stony silence" about Obama administration labor policies.