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Virginia Politics Blog: March 2, 2008 - March 8, 2008

Jay O'Brien: State Senator or Candidate for Lt. Gov.?

Former state senator James K. "Jay" O'Brien of Fairfax is ramping up his campaign for lieutenant governor in 2009. O'Brien has printed up "Jay O'Brien for Lieutenant Governor" pamphlets, one of which was found on the floor of the General Assembly building. He's also started a website, where he lists endorsements from more than 50 GOP officials, including U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III and his wife, former state senator Jeannemarie Devolites Davis. The flier notes O'Brien has a perfect record in opposing abortion rights and has been supported by the National Rifle Association. He also takes credit for passing a bill last year that bans teenagers from using a cell phone while driving and helping to pass legislation that cracks down on child predators. The flier, which solicits campaign contributions, also runs through O'Brien's resume. But it's impossible to tell from the flier that O'Brien lost his bid for...

By Tim Craig  |  March 7, 2008; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Election 2009 , Tim Craig  
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Tempers Flare in the Final Days of Session

During the lengthy House session Thursday afternoon, Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) challenged House Speaker William J. Howell about whether an amendment on a transportation bill was relevant. As Howell considered the answer, he invited Marshall and the sponsor of the amendment, House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem), to the front of the chamber to discuss the question. House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong (D-Henry) also joined them. To say Del. R. Steven Landes (R-Augusta) was peeved with Armstrong's presence is an understatement....

By Anita Kumar  |  March 6, 2008; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2008 , Transportation  
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Webb Endorses Byrne

Sen. James Webb said today he is endorsing Leslie L. Byrne in the race for the Democratic nomination in the 11th congressional district. "I am convinced that Leslie Byrne is our best candidate," Webb said in a statement. " Leslie shares my values about economic fairness and the need to re-order our national security policies - both in Iraq and throughout the world. In her service as a state legislator and member of Congress, Leslie Byrne has demonstrated time and again that she is tough, fiercely independent and willing to stand up to powerful special interests. I would be proud to serve in Congress with her." Byrne is running against Fairfax County Board chairman Gerald E. Connolly, retired naval commander Doug Denneny and Lori P. Alexander in the June 10 Democratic primary. Incumbent Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) is retiring....

By Tim Craig  |  March 6, 2008; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Gerald E. Connolly , Leslie L. Byrne , Tim Craig  
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Perriello-Goode Race Takes Shape

Tom Perriello has secured the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.), whose district stretches from Charlottesville to Danville, in the fall election. Perriello gets the nomination because no other Democrat met yesterday's filing deadline to enter the race. In January, Democrat David Shreve of Charlottesville withdrew from the race. "I'm thrilled to lock up the nomination this early and to see such an overwhelming response from Democrats, Republicans and independents to our positive agenda for moving our communities forward together," Perriello said. Goode, first elected in 1996, has deep roots in the traditionally conservative 5th congressional district, easily winning reelection. But Perriello could prove to be a formidable challenger. Perriello, a lawyer, raised $263,665 last year, compared to Goode's $152,863. Perrielo has already opened campaign offices in Franklin County and Charlottesville and will be opening a third office in Danville soon....

By Tim Craig  |  March 4, 2008; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Tim Craig  
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Warner Dismisses Suggestions He is Eyeing VP Slot

Former Gov. Mark R. Warner is dismissing speculation that he might drop out of the U.S. Senate race if offered the vice-presidential slot on Sen. Barack Obama's ticket. The New York Observer reported Friday that Warner told supporters in New York he isn't ruling out running for vice-president if Obama, who has yet to secure the Democratic nomination, asked him to be his running mate. The Observer speculated that either Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) or former lieutenant governor Donald S. Beyer would run for the Senate if Warner dropped out of the race....

By Tim Craig  |  March 3, 2008; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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