Democrats Contemplate the House Without Moran
Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria) hasn't even announced that he is running for governor next year but two of his colleagues are eyeing his leadership position as Democratic caucus chairman, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the House.
Del. Kristen J. Amundson (D-Fairfax), caucus political director, and Del. Lionell Spruill Sr. (D-Chesapeake), caucus vice chairaman, are vying for the job if -- and when -- Moran choses to step down.
Moran is expected to run for the Democratic nomination for governor against Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) but he does not have to resign from his House seat or his leadership post.
Amundson said she and Spruill were competitive in the past but now hope Moran will stay in his current position and work with them to try to win the House majority next year.
The House has 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats and two independents.
"Our caucus understands that we need not to be involved in any type of internal fighting,'' House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong (D-Henry) said. "If we plan to take over next year...they'll be a bunch of jobs open up. Why do we want to fuss and fight among ourselves while we are in minority party?"
May 28, 2008; 4:03 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2008
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