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.
Kevin Franck, a spokesman for former Navy flight officer and Iraq war veteran Doug Denneny, said the long rosters of endorsements reflect the advantage enjoyed by career politicians, especially incumbents.
Denneny, a first time candidate, has been endorsed by fellow Iraq veterans Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) and Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.).
March 27, 2008; 7:02 PM ET
Categories: Bill Turque , Election 2008/Congress , Gerald E. Connolly , Leslie L. Byrne
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