The Sons of Confederate Veterans wanted the proclamation from Governor Bob McDonnell. The Sons of Confederate Veterans got the proclamation from Governor Bob McDonnell:
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has quietly declared April 2010 Confederate History Month, bringing back a designation in Virginia that his two Democratic predecessors — Mark Warner and Tim Kaine — refused to do.
Republican governors George Allen and Jim Gilmore issued similar proclamations. But in 2002, Warner broke with their action, calling such proclamations, a “lightning rod” that does not help bridge divisions between whites and blacks in Virginia.
This year’s proclamation was requested by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. A representative of the group said the group has known since it interviewed McDonnell when he was running for attorney general in 2005 that he was likely to respond differently than Warner or Kaine.
I guess we can assume that McDonnell wants Virginia to be known as the capital of the confederacy. That’s very 1860s of him.