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Moran Moves Closer to Gubernatorial Bid

Tim Craig

Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria) will announce tomorrow he is forming a new political action committee that will set the stage for his expected run for governor in 2009, according to Democratic sources.

The committee, Virginians For Brian Moran, will start raising money and organizing potential supporters.

Veteran Democratic strategist Mame Reiley, a confidant and former adviser to former governor Mark R. Warner (D), will be the director of Moran's PAC.

Steve Jarding will be the general consultant. Jarding ran Warner's 2001 campaign for governor. Last year, Jarding was a senior strategist to Sen. James Webb (D). Jarding currently serves as campaign manager to U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD).

Moran, who has been angling for years to run for governor in 2009, is not expected to officially announce his candidacy until after the General Assembly session ends this spring.

But by establishing a new PAC, Moran is sending a signal he doesn't want to give Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) too much of a head start.

Last month, Deeds became the first candidate to announce their candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2009.

By Tim Craig  |  January 3, 2008; 1:29 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Tim Craig  
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