Morning Read: Cuccinelli Once Proposed the Beatles’ “Taxman” to Be Virginia’s State Song

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Buzzfeed dug up an amendment that then-state Sen. Ken Cuccinelli filed in 2006 to change Virginia’s state song to The Beatles “Taxman.”

At that time, the state was without a song because its old song, “Carry Me Back to Old Virginia" was retired in 1997 after civil rights groups protested the song’s lyrics as racist.

So State Sen. Charles Colgan introduced a bill to designate the traditional folk song “Shenandoah” as Virginia’s “interim state song.”

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But Cuccinelli objected and offered up the Beatles anti-big government song instead. So why the “Taxman?”

Buzzfeed reports that Cuccinelli said at the time that his constituents would connect more to "Taxman" than to "Shenandoah," because "they feel like all they ever get from Richmond is more taxes."

The amendment was apparently mocked by his cohorts and never voted on.


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