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Kaine Rebuffed by DCCC

Tim Craig

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) said today he's not sure why the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee didn't invest large amounts of money in Democrat Philip Forgit's unsuccessful campaign in the 1st Congressional District.

In a special election yesterday, Forgit lost to Del. Robert Wittman (R-Westmoreland) by more than 20 points in a Republican-leaning district that stretches from Tidewater to Prince William County. Forgit was badly outspent because he failed to attract support from national Democratic groups.

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Speaking to reporters today, Kaine said he personally called DCCC officials a few weeks ago to try to get them involved.

"I talked to the DCCC and I look at Virginia as my one and only and they are looking at 50 states in trying to make decisions," Kaine said. "They had elections in other places...they felt like they needed to invest in. They did invest some dollars into Forgit's campaign, but I don't pretend to understand why they make the decisions they make."

Kaine added Forgit is a "strong candidate who will have another chance down the road."

By Tim Craig  |  December 12, 2007; 6:18 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Tim Craig , Timothy M. Kaine  
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