This Week's Winners and Losers
This Week's Winners:
Tom Perriello - A Democratic candidate for Congress in the 5th District, Tom Perriello is being touted as a possible serious challenger to Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va) this year. Some Democrats in Richmond say Perriello, who raised $263,000 last year, will be well funded, considering the relatively cheap television advertisements costs in southern Virginia. Goode remains heavily favored to win, but Perriello can't be disappointed with the free press he got this week in the Martinsville Bulletin and the Roanoke Times. You can find the articles here and here.
Del. David B. Albo (R-Fairfax) -- After a last ditch effort to salvage the controversial abusive driving fees, Albo votes with all other Republican and Democratic delegates to repeal them. Albo will still be a top Democratic target next November. But now that fees are likely to be scrapped, he has 20 months to try to repair his image.
Del. David A. Nutter (R-Montgomery)-Nutter, who works at Virginia Tech and represents parts of Blacksburg, got some political cover this week for his vote against closing the gun show loophole. When it came before the Senate Courts of Justice Committee, Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), who also represents Blacksburg, also voted against the bill.
Virginia Tech students - Hundreds of Virginia Tech students descend on the capitol on Monday to lobby in favor of the closing the so-called gun show loophole. Even though the bill failed, the students' presence rattled a few lawmakers.
Barack Obama - U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) decides this week to endorse Obama, the latest in a string of high profile Virginia endorsements.
Mitt Romney - The Daily Press reported Thursday that Morton Blackwell, a conservative activist and Virginia's Republican National Committeeman, endorsed Romney's presidential bid.
Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria) -Last week, Moran voted against delaying a vote to close the gun show loophole. "I stand with the families of victims from the Virginia Tech tragedy in support of closing this loophole," Moran said in a statement. On Monday, Moran's chief opponent for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2009, Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath), was cornered in his office by several Virginia Tech students asking him to follow Moran's lead. Deeds then made a politically admirable push for a compromise measure, which failed, but Moran probably comes out on top among Democratic primary voters in this debate.
This Week's Losers:
Gov. Kaine -- Bad week for Kaine. First, Senate Democrats on the Courts of Justice Committee join Republicans in killing his gun bill. Then, the plan to extend Metrorail to Dulles International Airport unravels.
Virginia's congressional delegation -- The elected officials, especially those from Northern Virginia, fail to persuade the Bush Administration to support current plans for an extension of Metrorail to Dulles International Airport.
Sen. Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax) - Saslaw generates plenty of controversy this week after he is accused of making disparaging remarks about gun rights' activists who traveled to Richmond this week to lobby the General Assembly.
Del. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria) - Insiders in Richmond understand why Ebbin tried to strike his collective bargaining bill after House Republicans tried to force an up or down vote on the floor. But the average voter may not.
Labor unions - Various unions invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into Democratic campaigns in last year's state legislative elections. But when forced to vote on a bill that would have given public employees the right to organize, House Democrats first tried to take a walk, then abstained, instead of standing up for what many of them believe in.
House Democrats and Republicans - Both sides look bad because of the increasingly partisan rancor in the chamber.
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