Kaine Denies Records Request

Gov. Tim Kaine (D) has denied the Republican Party of Virginia’s request to examine the governor’s schedule and travel records.

The RPV made the request last week under the Freedom of Information Act.

State Republicans say they’re concerned that Kaine — who also serves as chairman of the Democratic National Committee — is spending too much time on out-of-state political fundraising trips.

“Virginians deserve to know where their governor is,” said Tim Murtaugh, RPV spokesman.

Kaine Communications Director Lynda Tran said state law exempts the governor’s “working papers” from the public records law.

“These are the kind of things that definitely pose real security concerns in addition to confidentiality and other privacy concerns,” Tran told me in an interview this afternoon.

Republicans aren’t buying.

“I fail to see how telling us where he was in, say, February is in any way a security risk. That was four months ago,” Murtaugh said.

In a statement released this afternoon, Murtaugh said the RPV will review the governor’s response this weekend before commenting further.

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