Stand Up Guy in Natural Resources

Commonwealth Conservative

is all over the political implications of Del. Preston Bryant’s apparent appointment to be secretary of natural resources in the Kaine Administration.

I know it’s fashionable in some conservative circles to dump on Bryant for leading the “Gang of 17.” While I wasn’t crazy about the 2004 tax package, I have always felt Del. Bryant acted in good faith, trying to compromise between higher tax factions and no new tax factions. The session was in overtime, after all.

I have not had occasion to correspond with many Delegates, but I have exchanged some emails with Del. Bryant. He was thoughtful and knowledgeable about some relatively arcane matters I brought to his attention. He was also a real rarity in elected office: a regular newspaper columnist, for the Roanoke Times. Bryant reads and occasionally comments on blogs, another admirable trait, as far as I’m concerned. He’s an all-around stand-up guy.

Natural Resources is not known in state government as a hotbed of innovation or efficiency, so Del. Bryant has a lot of opportunities in both policy and management. I wish him well and hope that his successor in the House will be of similar character. I’m sure Not Larry Sabato will tell us all we need to know about the potential candidates, as he always does so well.


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