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Schweitzer To Endorse McAuliffe



Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is endorsing Terry McAuliffe's candidacy tomorrow. AP Photo by George Ruhe.

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, will endorse former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe's (Va.) gubernatorial primary bid tomorrow in northern Virginia, according to sources familiar with the move.

Schweitzer will throw his support to McAulliffe tomorrow morning in Arlington and then the two will travel together to events in Richmond and Charlottesville. The endorsement comes just three days before Virginia Democrats head to the polls to choose between McAuliffe, state Sen. Creigh Deeds and former state Del. Brian Moran as their party's nominee for governor. Former state attorney general Bob McDonnell is the GOP nominee.

Schweitzer's endorsement is in his capacity as governor of Montana not as chairman of the DGA, according to knowledgeable sources, but the practical effect is the same.

Neither Schweitzer nor the McAuliffe campaign returned a call seeking comment.

For undecided Democratic voters, Schweitzer's endorsement could carry some sway as he is a relatively well known national figure following his raucous -- and well received -- speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver last summer.

It also sends a message that not only does Schweitzer think McAuliffe will win next Tuesday 's primary (otherwise, why fly in from Montana to stand with a potential loser) but also that McAuliffe represents the best chance for Democrats to keep the seat in the fall election.

That electability argument cuts directly into the case being made by Deeds who has positioned himself as the moderate alternative to McAuliffe and seen a recent surge -- particularly in northern Virginia.

A Suffolk University poll out this morning showed Deeds leading the race with 29 percent followed by McAuliffe at 26 percent and Moran at 23 percent. More than one in five voters said they were undecided.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 4, 2009; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  Democratic Party , Governors  
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Zouk - There are only two People's Republics in the U.S.: Madison, WI and Berkeley, CA. I've lived in the former and not the latter. As for Alexandria, you are wrong. Frank Fannon ran as a Republican (I voted for him; he's got good taste in wine shops [Unwined!]) As for the other, she ran as an Independent. As a federal employee (whom I presume you despise), she's forbidden from running under one party or the other. So, it would be 1 Republican and 1 Conservative.

Your faithful Fairlington Blade.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 5, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

"So zouk is a Virginian? I guess that explains a lot. "

Excuse me. I am a Virginian and there's nothing about Virginia or anywhere else that could possibly explain zouk.

Odds are he's a failed politico migrant from elsewhere who just happens to be living in the NOVA burbs, anyway. Like McAuliffe.

Posted by: nodebris | June 5, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Willis3 wrote: "I'm Virginia and to heck with anyone who hasn't lived here for the past 300 years"

You know as much about VA as McAuliffe. Our last three governors weren't born in Virginia. Not mch of a moat or swamp.

We don't like Terry because his interest in the state seems to be of fairly recent vintage, indeed it coincides with the end of Clinton's campaign.

The Virginia governorship is not a consolation price for failed national politicians.

Posted by: nodebris | June 5, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Ask the average joe walking down the street and some of whom will vote next Tuesday and most will say "duh, I guess he is the guy who played in those Terminator movies, Yeah???? So it does not matter one twit who he endorses. And it would be interesting to see what exchanges in promise were made for the endorsement.

Posted by: dthieme1 | June 5, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

So zouk is a Virginian? I guess that explains a lot.

Go to Norfolk Academy, zouk, class of '72, the only guy without a dumb grin on his face

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 5, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Virginia has excellent tobacco and whiskey. We fought most of the war of northern aggression on our soil. We are good at getting over a bad hangover. The peoples republic of alexandria elected two repubs and the liberalism is dead. It doesn't matter which dem wins. The lib coattails are gone and instead are a drag.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | June 4, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm quoted in one of Sirota's books. He came to my house a few years ago to interview me about Microsoft. I had no idea who he was and when I told my sister about it, her eyes bugged out.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 4, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I copied the below from Blue Virginia and thought the well educated and thoughtful WP readers might enjoy some erudite and intelligent commentary:

David Sirota on Brian Schweitzer as Populist Hero
The news that Brian Schweitzer is endorsing Terry McAuliffe tomorrow immediately made me think about David Sirota's excellent book, "The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington." Chapter 2 of that book is devoted, in part, to the populist hero who is now the popular governor of Montana. For instance:

*"Working on [Schweitzer's] original longshot 2000 Senate campaign, I saw a candidate that fully understands subjugation psychology, how conservatives have used that psychology in the West, and how to use it for himself and the populist uprising he now leads."

*"[Schweitzer's] true talent is...the ability to steal the populist mantle from conservatives and position himself as the leader of a new uprising."

*"...[Schweitzer's] challenges to the big out-of-state corporations at the heart of key problems like high energy prices, declining farm incomes, and environmental degradation created targets for popular blame."

*"...Schweitzer's strategy is a page from the playbook of Saul Alinsky, the radical twentieth-century organizer...one of history's great uprising architects."

*"All of Schweitzer's other proposals - to better fund education, expand health care, and increase investment in renewable energy - will rely on Democrats' using the tax issue to wedge apart the conservatives' antitax movement..."

*"If we get smart and don't allow Republicans to [use tax cuts to kill us], they have nothing. That is exactly what Schweitzer and the uprising are banking on."

Also, see here for more from Sirota on Schweitzer, who "has blazed for a national Democratic Party that desperately needs to reconnect with the working-class and rural regions it was originally built on."

That's the guy who's endorsing Terry McAuliffe tomorrow. Think about it.

Posted by: Willis3 | June 4, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Why wasn't this turd picked up years ago?!?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 4, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

From the respected Anti Defamation League, "Hal Turner, in his words":

http://www.adl.org/main_extremism/turner_own_words.htm

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 4, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

So used to thinking of WaPo as a national paper that it's almost jarring when they do a regional snooe of a story like this.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 4, 2009 8:47 PM
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CF8, I still foolishly pay 75 cents at the vending machine for the Post on the way to work, M-F. I probably still will...for awhile. What galls me is: it's one thing to not report stories (because you missed the scoop), but it's another to actively "dodge" stories that are being talked about everywhere. That's an editorial decision, not happenstance. Just sayin'.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 4, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow that Hal Turner guy is a real piece of work. Thanks broadwayjoe for posting this. Full agreement, this guy deserves coverage a lot more that that Palin halfwit, certainly more than the snooze at the top of this page.

I hope Turner loses things he was born with in prison.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 4, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

So used to thinking of WaPo as a national paper that it's almost jarring when they do a regional snooe of a story like this.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 4, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

"Schweitzer To Endorse McAuliffe"

This is conclusive proof that BroderWorld, in which the Fix an inhabitant, is totally out of touch with RealWorld. At least in Northern Virginia, nobody knows who Schweitzer is, much less cares. Which is not to slight him in any way. His endorsement means absolutely nothing in Va. This race is probably between Moran and Deeds, both seen as homegrown guys whereas Mac is viewed as a slick carpetbagger. But seriously, Schweitzer is irrelevant.
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But why this lame post on Schweitzer? What about the other, far more newsworthy recent topics. Instead of spiking them, talk about 'em. Is the Post still a NEWSpaper?

1. What about Tancredo/Buchanan protege Marcus Epstein pleading guilty to an assault on a black female passerby in DC in which he yelled a racial slur? It's a front page story on DailyKos. Tancredo was the one who hollered the loudest that Sonia was a racist because she spoke of being a "wise Latina." And Buchanan has been beating this drum on TV non-stop for more than a week. The DailyKos and HuffPo had this story. Where's the Post?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/6/4/738638/-Racists-Crying-Racism

2. What about the arrest of prominent hate radio entertainer Hal Turner (according to Wikipedia and other sources, an (alleged) former associate of Hannity) for inciting people to "take up arms" and singling out two Connecticut lawmakers and a state ethics official. This is serious, dangerous stuff which has reported all over the Internet...except by the MSM, including the Post.

http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/hannitys-old-buddy-hal-turner-arrest

3. What about the extreme antics of senior GOP strategist Manny Miranda to upend SS's confirmation to the Court. No reporting here on how his demands for the GOP to filibuster Sonia blew up big-time when he made a comment implying blacks were abnormal? DailyKos, and the entire blogosphere, got the story. Where was the Post?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/6/4/738752/-Manny-Miranda-surrenders-on-Sotomayor-filibuster

Aren't these matters more important than Schweitzer, Phalin, or the 345th "story" pummeling Sonia for saying she's a "wise Latina."

Oy.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 4, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

JakeD has a life. Posting silly GOP talking points on the FIX. This is where he has been assigned.


Posted by: tallertapas311 | June 4, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

True, I spent $40 just for my lunch / drink.

Posted by: JakeD | June 4, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

@mnteng - Mainly, I reacted to the previous post focusing on Montana. It reminds me of the endorsement by the Iowa governor's wife prior to the caucus. It kept the governor "officially" neutral, though fooled noone.

@Jake - Looks nice. I pulled up the menu. Though getting used to SoCal pricing always takes an adjustment. Per diem doesn't go very far there!

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 4, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone honestly give me one good reason why you would vote for that carpetbagger Terry "Global Crossing" McAuliffe? Do you think voters in places like Grundy and Danville and drooling at the prospect to cast their vote for a corrupt Clinton-ite from the Commonwealth of McLean?

Posted by: biffgrifftheoneandonly | June 4, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

The moat (or is it swamp) around the "I'm Virginia and to heck with anyone who hasn't lived here for the past 300 years" is fast draining. We are seeing very accomplished people endorsing Terry McAuliffe both inside and outside Virginia.

The three other candidates have been in the Virginia legislature for years. What did they do, except possibly block many fine initiatives? Yes, the legislature found the means to reduce State support for all levels of education. The State legislature found means to make Virginia's transportation mess worse. The legislature's record of accomplishment is abysmal unless you are a special interest like Dominion Power.

Well wake up Virginia. Terry McAuliffe is in town. He's going to shake up Richmond. He's not going to let the part time legislature say no to bringing good job with good wages and good benefits to Virginia. We're going to grow our way out of this recession with Terry McAuliffe as governor.

Posted by: Willis3 | June 4, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

The moat (or is it swamp) around the "I'm Virginia and to heck with anyone who hasn't lived here for the past 300 years" is fast draining. We are seeing very accomplished people endorsing Terry McAuliffe both inside and outside Virginia.

The three other candidates have been in the Virginia legislature for years. What did they do, except possibly block many fine initiatives? Yes, the legislature found the means to reduce State support for all levels of education. The State legislature found means to make Virginia's transportation mess worse. The legislature's record of accomplishment is abysmal unless you are a special interest like Dominion Power.

Well wake up Virginia. Terry McAuliffe is in town. He's going to shake up Richmond. He's not going to let the part time legislature say no to bringing good job with good wages and good benefits to Virginia. We're going to grow our way out of this recession with Terry McAuliffe as governor.

Posted by: Willis3 | June 4, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade:

All politics is local (sorry, bsimon1, I don't have a link for that quote). If you get up toward La Jolla area, George's At the Cove is a great restaurant too. Nice shopping in the area too : )

Posted by: JakeD | June 4, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade:

To be fair, CC did mention in the middle of his post that "Schweitzer's endorsement is in his capacity as governor of Montana not as chairman of the DGA, according to knowledgeable sources, but the practical effect is the same." I'm not sure it makes much difference though -- novamatt@4:18 makes a great point that those in VA who know Schweitzer probably have already made up their minds.

Posted by: mnteng | June 4, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I think JakeD should be free to express himself. His POV is pretty predictable, don't read it if you don't like it.

Posted by: gbooksdc | June 4, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

@Burt - Nice to see you showing interest in Va politics! The Fix had something on recent polling with a caveat that the Post normally doesn't publish robopolls. Not sure if hiding one's head in the sand is a viable strategy anymore, though.

Deeds being the momentum candidate is a recurring meme lately.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 4, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Did the part about the chair of the Dem Gov Assoc escape you? National party figures do occasionally get involved in state races. I can see this going over well with newly activated voters (folks who became active during the presidential campaign last year).

If we assume all three candidates have a 25%-35% base vote, turnout will be key. It was about 4% the last two cycles (Kilgore in 2005; Kaine for Lt.Gov. in 2001). As close as this will be, an extra 20,000 voters can swing the election. View it in that context.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 4, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

By the way, has the Post posted the related the Suffolk University poll showing Deeds leading? The last polling numbers I saw on WaPo had McAuliffe leading. Another interesting part of those poll results show McAuliffe with 21% of respondents saying they view him unfavorable. Deeds has 9% and Moran 5%.

http://www.suffolk.edu/images/content/edited.VA.Marginals.Final.June.4.2009.pdf

Posted by: BurtReynolds | June 4, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Geez, tapas. You've got to pace yourself or you'll burn out (see: Iowa Treasures, svreader, or 37th&O).

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 4, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Oh, my - Jake D needs to get a life. Such drivel to wade through.

Posted by: seaduck2001 | June 4, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

An endorsement from MT. Fund raising from NY. Is there anything related to Virginia about the McAuliffe campaign besides his mansion in McLean and all the litter (signs) he has put all over my area.

Posted by: BurtReynolds | June 4, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Don't know why the endorsement of the Gov. of Montana should mean anything. I'm one of those undecideds who very recently finally read up on the candidates' qualifications and views. Moran is my pick.

Posted by: seaduck2001 | June 4, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh my goodness, I am not claiming to know what YOU are or not doing. What is your problem?

Posted by: JakeD | June 4, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

SUUUUUUUUREEE

Posted by: tallertapas311 | June 4, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

tallertapas311:

I am not "lost" (I was simply driving home ; )

Posted by: JakeD | June 4, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Re: "It also sends a message that not only does Schweitzer think McAuliffe will win next Tuesday 's primary (otherwise, why fly in from Montana to stand with a potential loser) but also that McAuliffe represents the best chance for Democrats to keep the seat in the fall election."

I don't follow your logic. Isn't it quite possible that Schweitzer would fly in from Montana to return a favor (or collect one for the future) even if he thought that McAuliffe will lose?

Posted by: msnadel | June 4, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Montana? That is desparation. There are more people in Fairfax County alone than in Montana. VT alone enrolls more students than the Montana University System. And I can see how the US Navy might have a port somewhere in the state. The similarities and relevance are incredible.

Posted by: mellwood1 | June 4, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Schweitzer has zero influence in Virginia. Schweitzer is a Montana red neck and probably aligns almost exactly with Creigh Deeds. This endorsement is further evidence of the an effort to dominate states like Virginia from a national level. Schweitzer is getting too big for his britches.

Posted by: hz9604 | June 4, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Further proof that McAuliffe is trying to buy the governship of the Commonwealth. The Fix is WAAAAY off. I am an undecided voter - as between Deeds and Moran. This endorsement simply means that if I had a choice between Satan and McAuliffe, I'd be voting the Hell party.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | June 4, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

For a few seconds there, I was trying to parse "Mt." (sic) figuring that was some place in Virginia that had some popular Mayor named Shweitzer.

Is this ludicrous or what? the governor of Montana for chrisakes??? Part of Deeds appeal is that he has that true Virginia upbringing, bringing in another outsider (even one from another state that has mountains -chuckle) only emphasizes the point that McAuliffe is a political opportunist who thinks he knows Virginia because he lives in McLean.

Montana?


lag

Posted by: jhtlag1 | June 4, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Right near Azul Steak House and Daniel Jewelry. Its called Google. Anybody can create a life.

You still post on these stories all day and night and not just on lunch.

Lies make Jesus cry. Sarah Palin hates lies. No Obama jokes for 1 hour!!!

YOUR LOST!!!

Posted by: tallertapas311 | June 4, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Gee, when I saw the headline, I thought Dr. Schweitzer had come back from the dead. That would be a feat that someone like MacAuliffe would claim he could pull off.

Unfortunately, it was some fungo from Montana who also happens to temporarily run some Democratic Governor's Association.

Terry should be able to do better than this. How about some big names in the Huckster business, like Bernie Madoff or Jeff Schilling? Maybe Senator Burris? Murtha?

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | June 4, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

No, tallertapas, that would be 3:45 AM here in California -- I doubt that I will be posting then -- and I have always been honest here. You and "chrisfox8" OTOH are the ones claiming that I am posting from my basement rather than overlooking the Pacific Ocean, finishing lunch at George's At the Cove.

Posted by: JakeD | June 4, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Who cares if this guy endorses anybody? No one here knows who he is. I guess when he runs for re-election all of us Virginians can endorse his opponent.

If McAuliffe needs to bring outsiders in to endorse him he must be pretty desperate.

Posted by: rmg4369 | June 4, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Be still my beating heartreally just might go Republican. Thanks Gov. Sch.

Posted by: NJames1 | June 4, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

So defensive JakeD.

Is that what Stuart Taylor does. Get off message the second people call you out. Dont worry. It will all be back to normal tomorrow when we return to our lives. Youll have it back to yourself and Zouk.

We all know you will? Wont you? Be honest. 645AM first post?

Posted by: tallertapas311 | June 4, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

DrainYou:

I have not been here for the last 24 hours.

tallertapas311:

Don't worry, I always leave a big tip for taking my time. Sorry you didn't want to come join me.

Posted by: JakeD | June 4, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Terry had to go all of the way to Montana to find a friend/supporter??

Posted by: newbeeboy | June 4, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

How can The Fix write an endorsement piece without once mentioning The Fix Endorsement Hierarchy. To which he should add a category to reflect millionea7's comment: "who the f is Schweitzer?"

to wit: do VA primary voters give a 2nd thought to what the gov of MT thinks? I think not.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 4, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

who the f is Schweitzer?

Posted by: millionea7 | June 4, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

There are more people in Fairfax County than there are in all of Montana. So how does an endorsement from this guy matter any more than an endorsement by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors? The answer is it matters less.

Posted by: ygbrown2001 | June 4, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

This sure is a long lunch break Jake. Your poor pathetic life!!!

Got to hot on the other one and moved on!!

Posted by: tallertapas311 | June 4, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Attention Regular Fix Users:

You guys really should ban together and approch Chris Cillizza about getting that troll JakeD banned from this place.


Freedom of speech is one thing but what he's doing is just planting his unemployed butt on here 24 hrs a day and messing up threads with his constant right-wing fear mongering and pipe dreams that most of the time don't even apply to the topic being discussed on the thread.


He's a distraction because that's what he want's to be.

Posted by: DrainYou | June 4, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

csread:

Was that your attitude about the Governor's race in Alaska too?

Posted by: JakeD | June 4, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I wish people outside Virginia would BUTT OUT of our politics! What does this add to the race to have someone who only knows one of the three candidates endorsing him as the best of the three? GET OUT OF MY STATE. I don't care who this guy THINKS he is, you don't see Virginians running up to Montana telling THEM how to vote! I hope the voters on Tuesday will reject McAuliffe's desperate strategy of bringing in every dollar and warm celebrity body from around the country to convince Virginians he's got something to bring to this race. If Virginians have to rely on people who are not invested in this Commonwealth for advice on how to vote, they shouldn't be voting!

Posted by: csread | June 4, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

A D voter who is plugged-in enough to know who Schweitzer is will have already settled on a candidate. A candidate named either Deeds or Moran.

Posted by: novamatt | June 4, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"For undecided Democratic voters, Schweitzer's endorsement could carry some sway"

Undecided voters don't know who Schweitzer is. (And they probably don't care, either.)

Posted by: anonymous2006x | June 4, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't think that Terry represents the best chance the Democrats have at holding the seat (which is why I am pulling for him ; )

Posted by: JakeD | June 4, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

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