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All Signs Point to . . . Controversy?

Terry McAuliffe, left, and Brian Moran, both vying for Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial nomination, wait backstage before their final debate with fellow candidate R. Creigh Deeds on May 19. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

Guests heading to Ethel Kennedy's fundraiser Wednesday for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran were greeted by hundreds of campaign signs -- for rival Terry McAuliffe. The roads near her Hickory Hill estate in McLean were flooded with the blue and yellow signs, which were pulled up by McAuliffe volunteers later that night. A bit of political brinkmanship?

No, said McAuliffe spokeswoman Lis Smith, who said there was a fundraiser for him "right down the street" from Kennedy's estate and that the signs were placed to help donors find the place. That Moran party nearby? "Pure coincidence," she told us.

By The Reliable Source  |  May 29, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
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