Shots continue to be fired back and forth across the Potomac following Sunday’s faceoff between Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
The latest came Wednesday from the Maryland Democratic Party, which accused McDonnell of boasting about an “illusionary” budget surplus.
In a statement, David Sloan, the executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party, said the $544 million surplus announced by McDonnell for the recently completed fiscal year “is the result of deferred bills, dismantled programs important to the middle class, budgetary obfuscation and federal stimulus spending.”
“Rather than investing in Virginia’s future,” Sloan continued, “McDonnell has slashed hundreds of millions of dollars from schools, colleges and universities, and cut funding by a third for EMTs, police officers and firefighters.”
The volley by the Maryland Democrats followed one Monday by the Virginia Republican Party, which contrasted McDonnell’s surplus announcement with O’Malley’s acknowledgment that taxes might need to be raised in Maryland to help close a looming $1 billion shortfall.
On Wednesday, McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin responded in kind to the Maryland Democrats’ attack on his boss.
“Governor O’Malley can keep raising taxes and increasing government spending, and we will keep welcoming his employers, families and capital to the Commonwealth,” Martin said. “The arrangement is just fine by us.”