This ploy worked well for President Clinton you may remember. And Mark Warner himself was darn good at expressing concern about the tax burden the people of this state bear - until he got himself elected and only then determined that a massive tax increase was imperative.
Tim Kaine for lower taxes?
Whatever else one can say about Virginia Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine, even his harshest detractors will have to acknowledge that he has a great sense of humor and a lot of political chutzpah. How else can one explain his current effort -- after nearly four years of working in tandem with Gov. Mark Warner to increase taxes -- to run for governor as a champion of tax relief, while depicting Attorney General Jerry Kilgore -- the likely Republican nominee and an anti-tax stalwart -- as the fiscally irresponsible candidate and foe of the taxpayer? (link)
The jury is still out on how adept candidate Kaine (was I the first to give him the moniker, Candy Kaine?) is at hoodwinking the people. But his is going to be a tough row to hoe.
In 2002, for example, Mr. Kaine supported Mr. Warner's unsuccessful campaigns in favor of tax-increase referenda for transportation in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. Last year, he joined the governor and Senate Finance Committee Chairman John Chichester in ramming a $1.38 billion tax increase through the General Assembly, and this year he joined Messrs. Warner and Chichester in fending off the efforts led by Republicans in the House of Delegates to phase out the car tax.Good luck, old buddy. I think you're going to need it.