Bearing Drift: Kirk Cox Understands Policy and Knows How to Push It Forward


‘For those whose cup of tea is not a candidate who woke up one day & thought they should be governor, Kirk is a good choice’

Kirk Cox Understands Policy and Knows How to Push It Forward
Susan Sili
Bearing Drift

Real policy requires experience and is accomplished with well-crafted legislation and the understanding of how these are moved through the General Assembly. It also requires understanding of local government as well. Over the years relationships develop between those members of our General Assembly that help to build consensus on both sides of the aisle, and a corporate memory established of what works and what doesn’t. This is all part of experience.

I’ll have to give it to Delegate Cox on these forums when these things are mentioned. He is the soul of patience, not batting an eye even though it’s clear he could make his fellow candidates look foolish if he so chose. That is simply not his style, and he instead articulates what he plans to do for us as Governor of Virginia, refusing to take part in any negative narrative online. He also refused to take part in the appalling mailers from these mythical and newly formed political action committees (PACs).

Kirk is a smart man who understands policy and knows how to push it forward. Just one of his ongoing signature accomplishments is the tuition freeze which benefits so many Virginians. In 2019 the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote:

Speaker of the House Kirk Cox announced Thursday that keeping college tuition flat again next year will be among his top priorities in the state budget. The plan would freeze tuition in consecutive years for the first time in nearly two decades. Cox also said he wants to increase teacher pay in the state.

“It’s got to be more than just one year,” said Cox, R-Colonial Heights, who must first win his seat this November in a newly drawn district that appears less favorable for a Republican.”

Proving his electability, although many predicted a loss, Kirk won his reelection.  In 2019, federal judges redrew his district in an attempt to turn it blue. Influential Democratic groups run by Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg, and Planned Parenthood spent $1.5 million dollars on his opponent. Cox won in spite of this, taking his case to the voters by knocking on over 8,000 doors. Without compromising his values, this convention season Cox has been able to make a case both to delegates and to those with an eye on November that he is electable.

One of the hot button issues this year, of course, was reopening Virginia schools. Not surprisingly, Cox called on his background in the classroom, and devised a practical 10-part plan to support a reopening of schools which also included putting forward a comprehensive blueprint to help students who had not fared well during the pandemic to catch up and complete lost work.

While his competitors talked a good game, none of them explained how they would do this reopening especially with the autonomous power of local school boards. Cox’s plan was and is positive in nature and one that reasonable people, including local school boards, would be hard pressed to ignore. It offered incentives which benefited localities, students and teachers, and opened the door for discussion. This is the way experienced consensus builders do business.

Delegate Cox is a citizen legislator and a former high school teacher who taught government and representative democracy as a career. Along the way he coached basketball and baseball. In a crowd it would be hard to pick him out as a 32-year member of the GA. Delegate Cox isn’t fabulously wealthy and while he’s very professional, he’s does not act like a VIP and is comfortable in all settings. Cox is a real-life Virginian.

Kirk is a smart man who understands policy and knows how to push it forward and is a good and decent person who has also held the line for conservatives for three decades. If you can catch one of the forums for the candidates, you will see that Cox is head and shoulders above the rest in debate with a huge inventory of corporate knowledge and practical answers on how to address issues. In debate he is the consummate gentleman, not a bad thing at all in a Virginia Governor.

In addition, he is the only front runner not participating in mudslinging and, folks, that’s important as well.

For those who think we don’t need a career politician…think again, because a decent one with integrity can come in handy. I’m telling you flat out a 32-year veteran of the General Assembly can hit the ground running as Virginia’s Governor.

There is nothing wrong with experienced candidates as long as they can demonstrate they have sincerely worked to make good policy, and that’s exactly what Delegate Cox has done during his tenure. While I don’t agree with him on all of his legislation, as mentioned in the last chapter, I can agree with him about 75 percent of the time.

The idea that a candidate must be perfect is killing the Virginia GOP. There are no perfect candidate, folks, and I urge you to find one who most closely mirrors your values.

For those whose cup of tea is not a candidate who woke up one day and thought they should be governor, Kirk is a good choice.

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