A Bumper Crop of Warner Supporters
When he launched his bid for the U.S. Senate on Sept. 13, former Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) said the campaign wouldn't begin in earnest until after the Nov. 6 state legislative races.
But Warner apparently couldn't pass up the chance to promote his candidacy during his annual pig roast on Saturday.
Earlier in the week, Warner's staff had 10,000 blue and white 'Mark Warner 08" bumper stickers printed.
When Warner's guests left the pig roast, they were encouraged to grab a few bumper stickers for their cars. Campaign volunteers also placed bumper stickers under the windshield wipers of some of the hundreds of cars parked on a field at Warner's estate.
"Everyone who is here is getting one," said Monica Dixon, a Warner spokeswoman and strategist.
The strategy seemed to work. On the 90- minute drive from Warner's farm in King George County to Washington Saturday afternoon, I spotted at least two cars traveling north on Interstate 95 with a "Mark Warner 2008" bumper sticker on it.
The former governor also set up a booth at the pig roast with a sign that read, "I want to help Mark Warner." Volunteers at the booth were getting guests' contact information, presumably so they can be contacted later to volunteer their time or money.
Warner wasn't the only one politicking, even though his pig roast has traditionally been a nonpartisan affair.
State Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) and Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria) held court much of the afternoon chatting up potential supporters for their possible bids for governor in 2009.
September 15, 2007; 9:16 PM ET
Categories: Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Mark Warner , Tim Craig
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