Mullin works across the aisle to get things done

At a time when Americans are deeply divided, we need leaders who can bring us together. That’s why Mike Mullin needs to be re-elected as delegate for the 93rd district in the Virginia House of Delegates. In his first term, Mike sponsored four bills that passed with bipartisan support. If delegates got awards, he would be “Rookie of the Year.”

Believe it or not, political leaders once worked together to get things done. As The Wall Street Journal’s Washington political features editor, I saw Republican President Ronald Reagan work with Democratic House Leader Tip O’Neill to pass the nation’s last major tax overhaul, with both sides agreeing to compromises without rancor or name calling. In recent years, compromise has become a dirty word. Anybody who dares deviate from the lockstep policies of ideologues is denounced as a traitor or worse. The result has been deadlock

Some candidates pretend to be unifiers. But Mike Mullin has walked the talk. Mike, a father and a prosecutor, won bipartisan support to pass a bill closing a loophole that allowed violent felons to claim lenient first-offender status in cases of domestic violence. This earned him the Virginia Association of Commonwealth Attorneys’ “Champion of Justice” award.

Mike is able to work together with Democrats, Republicans, independents and even that cranky guy you know who doesn’t like much of anything. We need to cultivate leaders such as Mike Mullin to work with, and for, all of us in Virginia.

Ron Shafer

James City County

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