Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on Retirement of Delegate Onzlee Ware

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RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement this afternoon following the news that Delegate Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke) will retire from office.

“Over the past ten years, I’ve gotten to know Onzlee Ware very well. I know him as someone who always puts Virginia first. And I know him as a leader who will always tell you, directly and without nuance, just where he stands.

“Those two traits were on full display when Onzlee took the floor of the House of Delegates during the final debate on this year’s historic transportation bill. Onzlee rose to let the body know why he, a Democratic representative from Roanoke, was voting for this measure. He made it clear he didn’t love the bill. That’s the nature of any compromise. But he said he was voting for the legislation because, ‘I always tell people it’s easy to do nothing, because you don’t have to think, just say no.’ And he noted, ‘I intend on voting on this bill because in my opinion, it’s the right thing to do for all Virginians.’ And he did the same thing when he also took to the floor to support the creation of the Opportunity Educational Institution that will help turnaround failing schools in our Commonwealth. Onzlee always put policy ahead of party; he put results ahead of rhetoric. He strove to do the right thing for all Virginians. We’re all better for it.

“Onzlee has always sought out common ground in the service of our Commonwealth, and now our Commonwealth will greatly miss his service to our people. I know that personal reasons have made this decision necessary, and Maureen and I extend our thoughts and best wishes to Onzlee, his mother, and their family. I hope his involvement in the life of our Commonwealth will extend far beyond this day. Virginia needs more individuals like Onzlee Ware in public service.”
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