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Virginia Politics Blog: March 23, 2008 - March 29, 2008

Cranking Out the Endorsements in the 11th

Endorsements are a chronically overvalued commodity in politics. Remember a few weeks ago when Ted Kennedy's testimonial to Barack Obama at American University was heralded as a ground-changing event? But that's never stopped campaigns from cranking them out--big names and little ones. Gerry Connolly announced 29 local officials on Wednesday in his campaign for the 11th District Democratic Congressional nomination. Today was House of Delegates day: Del. Kenneth R. Plum (D-Fairfax); Del. James M. Scott (D-Fairfax); Del. David L. Bulova (D-Fairfax); Del. Vivian E. Watts (D-Fairfax); Del. Dave W. Marsden (D-Fairfax); Del. C. Charles Caputo (D-Fairfax), and Del. Paul F. Nichols (D-Prince William). Former Rep. Leslie L. Byrne has her own long state house list, including Del. Robert D. Hull (D-Fairfax); Del. Margi Vanderhye (D-Fairfax) and Del. Lionell Spruill Sr. (D-Chesapeake), DNC National Committeeman. Byrne has also brought home the marquee endorsement of the race to date, Sen. James Webb....

By Bill Turque  |  March 27, 2008; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Election 2008/Congress , Gerald E. Connolly , Leslie L. Byrne  
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Corey Stewart Won't Run for Lt. Gov.

Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R) said today he will not run for lieutenant governor next year now that Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) has announced he will seek reelection. Bolling said Monday he will support Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell (R) for governor instead of seeking the nomination himself. "I was surprised. I had no idea it was coming," Stewart (R-At Large) said of Bolling's announcement. "I really want to be lieutenant governor, but this is the strongest ticket. It's the best thing for the party." Bolling's decision also upset the political futures of Del. Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax) and former state Sen. James K. "Jay" O'Brien (R-Fairfax), who also said they will not seek the nomination for lieutenant governor. --Kristen Mack...

By Steve Fehr  |  March 25, 2008; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Bill Bolling , Election 2009  
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