GOLDMAN: Will Va. GOP leaders double-cross Tea Party Republicans again?

Paul Goldman is a local lawyer who helped run Doug Wilder's historic campaign for governor of Virginia.

Paul Goldman is a local lawyer who helped run Doug Wilder's historic campaign for governor of Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. – Are Virginia Tea Party Republicans about to go to war with the Virginia Republican Party leaders in the General Assembly? Last year, Republican legislative candidates running for the General Assembly promised to opposed Medicaid expansion, saying it would bankrupt the state. Democrats said the “bankruptcy” claims was bogus. But Republicans promised Tea Party followers to trust them to vote NO to Medicaid expansion.

This promise kept the Republican Party unified and allowed them to keep their big majority in the House of Delegates.

But Tea Party Republicans are now beginning to wonder whether they were sold a bill of goods. For 11 years, Republican candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates have done the following: get elected on a campaign promise to oppose certain key legislation, then go back on that promise a few months after taking office.

Are they setting up another U-turn?

My new Washington Post column concludes another double-cross may be about to happen. Click here to read more.

Paul Goldman is in no way affiliated with WTVR. His comments are his own, and do not reflect the views of WTVR or any related entity. Neither WTVR nor any of its employees or agents participated in any way with the preparation of Mr. Goldman’s comments.

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