By Joanna Moreno
VCU Capital News Service
RICHMOND, Va. – Lou McClellan said he loves Virginia – and that’s why he came to Bob McDonnell’s inauguration as the commonwealth’s 71st governor.
“I think he will unite the state and bring us all together from things that had separated us in the past,” said McClellan, a Richmond resident and longtime Republican.
He was one of thousands of people who converged on the Virginia Capitol on Saturday to see the inauguration.
Del Ceno Miles-Holloway said she drove from Virginia Beach to witness history.
“More importantly, I’m here as a friend to Bob McDonnell from day one,” Miles-Holloway said.
People who arrived early enough received tickets to sit in bleachers and watch the inauguration and the parade. Others stood on the Capitol grounds; they could view the proceedings on two giant projection screens.
“I’m here because I am a Bob McDonnell foot soldier,” said Jay Trinca, a Republican activist from Bath County. That’s where state Sen. Creigh Deeds, the Democrat who lost to McDonnell last fall, is from.
David Moore of Virginia Beach also praised McDonnell.
“I support his principles of conservatism – smarter government, less taxes, personal responsibility for our health care,” Moore said.
Curtis Stone and his wife and son drove five and a half hours from Bristol, Va., on the Tennessee line, to witness the inauguration.
“It’s the first one I’ve ever been to,” Stone said.