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As DNC Chairman, Governor Tim Kaine has been jet setting around the country the past five months, promoting Democratic candidates in a slew of national and state elections. But with the Commonwealth facing record budget deficits, and a spiking unemployment rate, he’s come under fire recently for, well, not being around.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Republican Party of Virginia “requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) records of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s out-of-state travels and state expenditures related to his work as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.”

Kaine spokeswoman Lynda Tran told the Times-Dispatch that this FOIA request will be handled no differently than other similar requests.

“We’ll look at them and see whether the Freedom of Information Act applies to the requests,” she said. “And if it does, we will provide the records that are required.”

For Virginia Republicans, who have endured losses in the last two gubernatorial elections, the move reflects a revamped tactical approach to politics in the state. The impending showdown between Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell promises to receive national attention, and holds important significance for Republicans who are hungry to regain momentum.

Republican Pat Mullins told the Times-Dispatch that Kaine is fiddling while Virginia is burning.

“He’s more concerned with his role as chairman of the DNC,” Mullins said. “Instead of addressing the huge budget deficit, he’s in Kansas City.”

The Kansas City Star didn’t help Kaine’s cause when it reported this past Tuesday that “Kaine … will return to the KC area Friday … Kaine is a former Virginia governor.” The Star quickly corrected its error, but Kaine’s opponents have attempted to take advantage of any stigma that remains with this video: