Archive: June 2008

Deeds Picks Up Endorsements in Moran's Backyard

Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) will pick up law enforcement endorsements for his 2009 gubernatorial campaign tonight in Northern Virginia - the home of his rival for the Democratic nomination, Del. Brian J. Moran of Alexandria, a former prosecutor. Tonight's event is likely to be a boost for Deeds, who narrowly lost his bid for statewide office in 2005 and is already well known around the state. If Deeds can secure the Northern Virginia vote, he would be heavily favored to win the nomination. The event at the Fairfax County Police Association Hall will include Sen. J. Chapman "Chap" Petersen (D-Fairfax), Prince William County Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Ebert, Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Morrogh and former Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Bob Horan....

By Anita Kumar | June 30, 2008; 3:17 PM ET | Comments (3)

Mark Warner's Money Boosts His Campaign, Party

Former governor Mark R. Warner and his wife, Lisa Collis, kicked in a lot of cash to get the Virginia Democratic Party's campaign efforts off the ground. Some of Warner's biggest supporters aided in the effort, donating to a new Virginia Democratic fundraising committee after they gave all they legally can to Warner's Senate campaign....

By Tim Craig | June 30, 2008; 2:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Airs Second Ad in Virginia

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, has released his second general election television ad in Virginia. The 30-second ad will also air in Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. "He worked his way through college and Harvard Law, turned down big money offers, and helped lift neighborhoods stung by job loss," the ad states. "Fought for workers' rights. He passed a law to move people from welfare to work, slashed the rolls by eighty percent. Passed tax cuts for workers; health care for kids. As president, he'll end tax breaks for companies that export jobs, reward those that create jobs in America. And never forget the dignity that comes from work."...

By Tim Craig | June 30, 2008; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

Democrats Take Aim at Drake, Goode Over Gas

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching radio ads this week against U.S. Reps. Thelma D. Drake and Virgil Goode, both Republicans who represent Virginia districts that could be up for grabs in the fall. In the 60 second ad, an impersonator of President Bush accuses Drake or Goode of siding with "Big Oil." The ad that will run in Virginia Beach, which Drake represents, begins when the Bush impersonator gets an answering machine message at Drake's office. "Drakey, W here," the impersonator states. "Wanted to thank you for continuing to support the Big Oil Energy agenda. 'Preciate you voting to keep giving billions in tax breaks to big oil companies. Sure, gasoline is over four bucks a gallon and the oil companies are making record profits, but what's good for Big Oil is good for America, right? I guess that's why they call us the Grand Oil Party. Heh,...

By Tim Craig | June 30, 2008; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (7)

McCain Names Virginia Director

Mike Reynold, who was in charge of Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell's (R) political operation, is now the Virginia Director of Arizona Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign. Reynold is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and has a law degree from Penn State. In 2005, Reynold worked as an opposition researcher for Republican Jerry W. Kilgore's (R) unsuccessful campaign for governor. He also served as a legislative aide to Del. Terry G. Kilgore (R-Scott). "Virginia has been red, is still red, and we are going to win Virginia this year," said Reynold, who expects to rejoin McDonnell's campaign for governor after the November election....

By Tim Craig | June 27, 2008; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Adds to Virginia Staff

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) announced today he is relocating additional staffers to Virginia. Stacey Brayboy, who managed Obama's Virginia effort in the days leading up to his 30-point victory in the Feb. 12 primary, will become the deputy director of his state general election campaign. Kevin Griffis will be the communications director. Both Brayboy and Griffis are familiar with Virginia politics. In 2005, Brayboy worked on Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's gubernatorial campaign. She later became deputy director of the Virginia Human Rights Council....

By Tim Craig | June 27, 2008; 3:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Kaine Credits Gilmore's Political Skills

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) is urging Democrats not to take Republican Senate James S. Gilmore III for granted. In an email, Kaine urges people to donate to Democratic candidate Mark R. Warner because Gilmore will be formidable. "Mark Warner is facing one of the fiercest, most aggressive campaigners in our state's history," said Kaine, who is asking people to donate $5 to Warner. "Before you know it, the polls will tighten, negative attacks will hit the airwaves, and Mark will need the resources to fire back and get his message out." Ana Gamonal, a Gilmore spokesman, said she doesn't have a problem with Kaine calling her boss "fierce". "They realize this race is not over as some folks have said," Gamonal said. "We absolutely believe as we move forward into the debates and we start talking substance and policy issues, and Mark Warner is forced to take positions, that...

By Tim Craig | June 27, 2008; 2:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

Virginia GOP Has New Director

Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (Prince William), the chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, announced today that Allison Coccia will be the new executive director of the party. Coccia is the former executive director of the New York Republican State Committee and has also been the political director of Republican Party of Pennsylvania. In both jobs, her task was complicated by an electorate that had soured on the GOP brand. "After a thorough search that entailed interviewing several outstanding candidates, I concluded that Allison offers us a proven record at improving fundraising, communications, and building the grassroots," Frederick said....

By Tim Craig | June 27, 2008; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

Thompson Raises Money for McDonnell

Former U.S. Senator and Law & Order alum Fred Thompson headlined a fundraiser for Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell last night in Virginia Beach. The fundraiser for the likely Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2009 and former co-chairman of Thompson's presidential campaign in Virginia raised more than $300,000. About 325 supporters attended. "As a father, veteran, prosecutor and attorney general, Bob McDonnell has the experience, the values and the vision that Virginia needs,'' Thompson said. "I've been around politics a long time, and I believe that Bob McDonnell is the kind of leader we need. As a Virginia resident, I look forward to supporting Bob for Governor by voting for him next November."...

By Anita Kumar | June 27, 2008; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saslaw Wants GOP Senators to Switch Parties

Senate Majority Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax), part jokingly but mostly serious, is urging his moderate Republican colleagues to leave the GOP and join the majority party in the Senate. Speaking to reporters today, Saslaw made the public offer because he thinks the Republican Party has drifted to far to the right for some moderates. He singled out two moderate GOP senators - Minority Leader Thomas K. Norment (James City) and Kenneth W. Stolle (Virginia Beach) - as potential party switchers. "They can leave that caucus and come over to our caucus," Saslaw said. "We don't have the rigid vote with your base 100 percent of the time or your fired rule."...

By Tim Craig | June 26, 2008; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

House Republicans and Democrats Get Testy

After three days of bickering during the special session on transportation, legislators are starting to dispense with the niceties. In debating a bill at the Rules Committee this morning, Del. R. Steven Landes (R-Augusta) started to use the term "Democrat friends" when he was quickly interrupted. "Excuse me, did he say Democrat?'' House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong (D-Henry) asked. "I believe it's Democratic." Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) defended Landes. "Friends was the important word,'' he said. "Actually grammar matters. Sorry, Mr. Speaker," Del. Kristen J. Amundson (D-Fairfax) said. When Landes resumed talking, he stayed away from the word and used the safer term "friends from the other side" instead....

By Anita Kumar | June 26, 2008; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

House GOP Prepares For Regional Tax Fight

House Republican leaders are expected to move ahead today with a proposal to reestablish regional transportation plans in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, setting up a potential split within the GOP caucus. Del. Phillip A. Hamilton (R-Newport News) said his proposal, which is expected to be embraced by the House leadership after it is heard by a committee today, will include a mix of state-imposed and locally enacted taxes, a concession for GOP leaders who previously had ruled out state-imposed taxes....

By Tim Craig | June 25, 2008; 11:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Reilly Considering Challenge to Tom Rust

Some Virginia Democrats are encouraging Michael L. O'Reilly, the former mayor of Herndon, to run against Del. Thomas Davis Rust (R-Fairfax) next year. O'Reilly, a lawyer who was mayor from 2004 to 2006, currently serves on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. In an interview, O'Reilly said he hasn't made up his mind about whether he wants to run for elective office next year. "I am still heavily involved in the community and I am involved in a lot of things, but I am not a candidate for anything as it stands today," said O'Reilly, who added his wife told him he would be "crazy" if he decided to run for the House. "I am very, very busy running my law practice and very busy with the metropolitan airports board, which is almost a full-time job."...

By Tim Craig | June 25, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mark Warner Opposes Higher Gas Tax

As part of the General Assembly's ongoing special session, Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee will try Wednesday to push through proposals to increase Virginia's 17.5 cent a gallon gas tax to raise money for transportation. Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax) wants a 6 cent a gallon increase, which will be phased in over six years. Sen. Charles J. Colgan (D-Prince William), chairman of the Finance Committee, wants the tax raised 1.6 cents per year for 10 years. Saslaw notes Virginia's gas tax is far below the national average of 28.5 cents a gallon. Republicans, along with Democrats in the House, argue its irresponsible to raise the gas tax because consumers are already being hit with record fuel prices. Former Democratic governor Mark R. Warner, a candidate for U.S. Senate, appears to be siding with the GOP and House Democrats in this debate....

By Tim Craig | June 24, 2008; 6:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Will Frederick Keep Promise Not to Run Again?

Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick of Prince William, who vowed not to run for re-election next year if he was elected chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, said he may reconsider that pledge. "A lot of guys around here are trying to convince me,'' Frederick said during a House recess. "I really don't want to (run)...But if there's this huge call and everyone in the world wants me to run for re-election, I guess there is some chance. If the whole world says we're going to relieve you of your pledge." Frederick said he is 99.9 percent sure he will not run but that he is continuing to raise money to help his wife, Amy, if she decides to run for his seat and to continue to pay for costs to serve his district over the next 18 months. "I'm not relieving myself of my responsibilities in representing the people...

By Anita Kumar | June 24, 2008; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (4)

Davis Ally to Lead Va. 'Victory 08' Campaign

The Republican National Committee announced today that Nicholas Meads will be the director of the party's coordinated campaign in Virginia this year. Meads, who served as Rep. Tom Davis's 2006 campaign manager, has been active in Virginia GOP political campaigns since 2003, when he graduated from the College of William and Mary. After graduation, Meads managed David Kennedy's unsuccessful campaign to become a state delegate, representing Alexandria. The following year, Meads began working for Davis, serving as his deputy campaign manager. Through his work for Davis, Meads was also involved in former state Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis's reelection effort in 2007. Experience on Meads resume also includes serving as former attorney general Jerry W. Kilgore's (R) Fairfax County field director during his unsuccessful bid for governor and work for Supervisor Michael C. May (R-Occoquan)....

By Tim Craig | June 24, 2008; 8:36 AM ET | Comments (5)

GOP Poll Found Opposition to Higher Taxes

A poll commissioned by House Republicans in April found widespread opposition to higher taxes to pay for transportation, but it also includes responses that my make Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) optimistic about his own plan to raise additional revenue. The survey, which House Republicans are using to help justify their resistance to a statewide tax increase, found that 68 percent of likely voters oppose of a five cent hike in the state's 17.5 cent a gallon gas tax. (This was in April, before the latest surge in gas prices.) Residents in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads hold different views about paying more for gas....

By Tim Craig | June 23, 2008; 7:28 PM ET | Comments (2)

Janis Continues to Criticize Kaine

Just last week, Del. William R. Janis (R-Goochland) criticized Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) for spending too much time on Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) presidential campaign, which included traveling to Texas to speak on his behalf at a Democratic party convention. Today, Janis was one of the legislators picked by House Speaker William J. Howell to escort Kaine into the House chamber for his speech to the General Assembly on transportation. "Are you sure he's not in Texas?'' Janis said as he left the House floor to meet Kaine....

By Anita Kumar | June 23, 2008; 4:36 PM ET | Comments (8)

Supervisor: Sterling a 'Cesspool' Due to Illegal Immigration

Republican Eugene Delgaudio, the Loudoun County supervisor who represents Sterling Park, made some heated remarks about illegal immigration and its impact on his district during an appearance on the Kojo Nnamdi show's Politics Hour on WAMU 88.1 FM Friday. When asked if some of the deteriorating living conditions in the area were a result of urbanization, Delgaudio had this to say. "This is not urbanization. This is a cesspool. People are coming from outside of this culture and they are dumping their crap on the streets of our town. And our town is outraged that they don't get with the program." Listen to the full discussion here. Delgaudio's interview takes place during the final 10 minutes of the show....

By Sandhya Somashekhar | June 23, 2008; 4:05 PM ET | Comments (7)

Special Session Bill List Continues to Grow

Updated 5:38 p.m. Del. Phil Hamilton (R-Newport News) and Sen. Jill Vogel (R-Winchester) responded to Kaine's remarks this afternoon. Meanwhile, the list of bills introduced, continued to grow - considerably. Updated 2:30 p.m. Gov. Kaine addressed lawmakers, following a morning appearance with the Virginia Business Council. "In Virginia, we don't make our reputations or improve our communities by delay or inaction," Kaine said in prepared remarks. "We rise and fall by our results. In the words of Cervantes, 'good actions ennoble us and we are the children of our deeds.'" New bills introduced today......

By washingtonpost.com editors | June 23, 2008; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (3)

Virginia Republican Party Needs Money

The Republican Party of Virginia is apparently struggling to raise money as it gears up for the presidential race and this year's U.S. Senate race between Democrat Mark R. Warner and Republican James S. Gilmore III. In an email to supporters today, the state party said it has been running a deficit in recent months. "Just a few weeks ago, we began our efforts to provide bold, new leadership to the Republican Party of Virginia," the email states. "Yet, it hasn't been easy. RPV ran deficits in April, May and now in June, and recent fundraisers have actually lost money."...

By Tim Craig | June 23, 2008; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (5)

Special Session Begins Monday

Days before the General Assembly returns to Richmond for a special session on transportation Monday, many legislators still say they have little or no hope of reaching an agreement on how to fund road and transit projects. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) will address the Democratic caucuses of the House and Senate Sunday night and Monday morning and then the entire 140-member General Assembly at 1 p.m. to encourage them to pass a bill. Republicans, and even many Democrats, are skeptical....

By Anita Kumar | June 20, 2008; 2:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Virginia's 11th District Likely to Flip, Cillizza says

Washingtonpost.com's Chris Cillizza ranks the seat of retiring Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) as the second most likely congressional district in the country to flip from one party to the other in this year's elections. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, who secured the Democratic nomination 10 days ago, is running against Republican businessman Keith Fimian in Virginia's 11th District. No other Virginia district makes Cillizza's top 20 list this week, but some Democrats believe Rep. Thelma Drake, a Republican who represents Virginia Beach, is vulnerable. Virginia Democrats are also hopeful they can give GOP Reps. Frank R. Wolf in Northern Virginia and Virgil Goode in Southside tough races, even though they represent Republican-leaning districts....

By Tim Craig | June 20, 2008; 1:20 PM ET | Comments (5)

RNC Challenges Obama Ad

The Republican National Committee responded to Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill) new television ad by pointing out he takes credit for winning passage of a bill that he didn't even vote on. "The fact that in the first ad of the general election Barack Obama cites a bill he didn't vote for is indicative of how little he has accomplished as a legislator," said Katie Wright, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committeee. In the ad, which starts airing in Virginia and 17 other states today, Obama talks about his efforts to expand health care for wounded U.S. troops....

By Tim Craig | June 20, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Goes Up on Air in Virginia

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, will begin airing a general election television ad in Virginia on Friday, his campaign announced today. It will be Obama's first television ad in Virginia since before the Feb. 12 primary. The 60-second ad, entitled "Country I Love," will also air in Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. To read a transcript of the video, continue reading on the next page....

By Tim Craig | June 19, 2008; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (2)

Sabato Puts Senate race in Democratic Corner

Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia professor known for his Election Day observations, today released his most recent take on the U.S. Senate races this November which includes the popular prediction that Virginia's open seat likely will go Democratic. Sabato expects Democrats to pick up between three and seven seats to add to their razor-thin 51-49 margin in what is shaping up to be a tough political environment for Republicans across the nation. But that's still less than they need to reach 60, the number needed to shut down filibusters....

By Anita Kumar | June 19, 2008; 8:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Democrats Aim for Seat in Hampton Roads

Here's more evidence that national Democrats are looking to pick up a congressional seat in Virginia's Hampton Roads this November. Glenn Nye, the Democratic candidate running against U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake, was placed in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue" program, which directs assistance to Democratic challengers across the nation. "As a part of the Red to Blue program, we look forward to the growth of support from individuals in the district and around the country," Nye said. "Being on the Red to Blue presents our campaign with a great opportunity to get out our message of real results and independent leadership to the people of Virginia."...

By Anita Kumar | June 19, 2008; 8:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Should Virginia GOP Worry About New Voters?

Volunteers for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) are popping up all over Virginia in an apparent massive effort to register new voters. Earlier today, at least two twenty-something Obama volunteers were canvassing the financial district in downtown Richmond asking nearly everyone, "Are you registered to vote at your current address?" They appeared to be having some success, as one of the volunteers had a clip board full of completed registration forms....

By Tim Craig | June 18, 2008; 7:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Virginia Notebook: Transportation Predictions

So what's going to happen next week during the special session on transportation? Probably not much, but who knows? So we are not even going to try to make a prediction. We'll leave that to others. Here is a sampling of predictions -- as a well as a few partisan shots -- from current and former state legislators and lobbyists....

By Tim Craig | June 18, 2008; 1:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Van Hollen Helps Feder Raise Money

U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD.) chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, will host a reception Tuesday in support of Judy Feder, the Democratic candidate running against Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.). The fundraiser will be held at the Potomac Maryland home of Nancy and Ira Shapiro, a lawyer who served as a trade negotiator during the Clinton administration. The wealthy Maryland suburbs have been a steady stream of cash for Feder, who also served in the Clinton administration....

By Tim Craig | June 17, 2008; 10:44 PM ET | Comments (1)

Organizers Coming to a Door Near You

The Virginia Organizing Project, a group dedicated to combating racial and economic injustice, is engaged in a big effort this year to spread its political message and register new voters. The Charlottesville-based group has 10 paid field organizers and 50 interns fanned out across the state knocking on doors each day. On an average night, they can hit as many as 4,000 households, according to Joe Szakos, the executive director. By the end of July, Szakos said the staffers and interns and other volunteers will have distributed about 300,000 voting guides, which contain information about state and federal issues and details on how and where to go to register to vote....

By Tim Craig | June 17, 2008; 10:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cuccinelli Fundraising Nears $100,000

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax), a candidate for attorney general next year, said today he expects to have between $80,000 and $100,000 in his campaign account by the end of the month. State candidates have to file campaign finance reports for the first half of the year with the State Board of Elections by July 15. Cuccinelli said his fundraising has been a success, considering he doesn't plan to fully ramp up his campaign until after the presidential and U.S. Senate races conclude in November....

By Tim Craig | June 17, 2008; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dissatisfaction Over Obama Slate Lingers On

Virginia Democrats love to snicker about the internal divisions that have plagued the state Republican Party in recent years. Now, they've got their own turmoil. Some Democrats are fuming over how the state party conducted elections at its convention in Hampton on Saturday....

By Tim Craig | June 16, 2008; 9:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Convention Recap

As the 2008 Virginia Democratic Party convention draws to a close, here are eight observations about the weekend's events at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton. 1) If the Democrats' goal was to leave the convention united behind Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), they still have a lot of work to do. Surprisingly, numerous supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY.) said they weren't sure if they would vote for Obama in the fall....

By Tim Craig | June 15, 2008; 12:38 AM ET | Comments (10)

Author Grisham Still Supports Clinton

Internationally known novelist John Grisham and his wife, Renee, both active Democrats, drove from their home outside Charlottesville to the convention in Hampton. Mrs. Grisham was selected this afternoon to serve as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention, where she plans to support Hillary Clinton even though Barack Obama won enough delegates to secure the nomination. Grisham will accompany his wife to Denver. Mrs. Grisham has known Clinton since attending a dinner at the White House a decade ago and campaigned for the New York senator in several states, including Texas and Mississippi, where she and her husband used to live....

By Anita Kumar | June 14, 2008; 3:38 PM ET | Comments (9)

Democrats Gather at State Convention

3 p.m.: Former governor Mark R. Warner told the crowd at the Democratic convention that he would not run for vice president alongside Barack Obama if the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee asked. "I have not sought and I will not accept any other opportunity," Warner told an enthusiastic group wearing blue Warner for Senate stickers. In recent weeks, Warner, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and Sen. James Webb have been mentioned as potential running mates for Obama. But Warner said today he wanted to make it clear that he is focused on beating his Republican senate rival, former governor James S. Gilmore III, in November. "Today's the day I want to make it clear what I am focused on,'' he said. "The only job I am running for this year is United States Senate."...

By Anita Kumar | June 14, 2008; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (8)

Chopra for Lt. Gov.?

Usually the only people who host parties at Virginia state conventions are those running for statewide office. So when Aneesh P. Chopra, secretary of technology for Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, passed out colorful invitations to his party after the state Democratic convention concludes tonight activists started talking. Many Democrats, including potential rival Jon Bowerbank, expect Chopra to jump into the lieutenant govenor's race next year....

By Anita Kumar | June 14, 2008; 7:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

Democrats Unite In Hampton Roads

Democratic activists gathered in Hampton Friday night to kick off the party's state convention, which will take place this weekend at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Sen. James Webb and U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott were special guests at a pool party at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center while four prominent Democrats hosted a packed party at the Embassy Suites. "This is energizing the base,'' said C. Richard Cranwell, chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party....

By Anita Kumar | June 14, 2008; 2:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Names Virginia Director

The man who helped orchestrate Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) victory in the Iowa caucuses will head up his campaign in Virginia, the Obama campaign announced today. Mitch Stewart, who most recently served as Obama's Iowa Caucus director and then his Indiana state director, will take on the same job in Virginia for the general election. "Virginia will be a critical state in this election and I am honored to take the helm of Senator Obama's team in Virginia," Stewart said. "Senator Obama has put Virginia on the map in this race, and Obama's success in the primary in February shows we can be very competitive here."...

By Tim Craig | June 13, 2008; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (7)

No Endorsement, but Forbes Vows to Help McCain

U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes sent out a statement today clarifying his views on Arizona John McCain's (R) presidential bid. The Hill newspaper reported last night that Forbes (R-Va.) hasn't endorsed McCain. But Forbes vowed to work hard this fall to get McCain elected. "Senator McCain is a war hero with substantial leadership experience in dealing with the complex challenges currently facing our nation," Forbes said. "Although he has not asked me for my endorsement and I have not given it to his campaign, I will support him and work for his election in the fall because I believe he is the best candidate to select our federal judges, lead our national defense effort, and provide the economic responsibility necessary to restore our economy."...

By Tim Craig | June 12, 2008; 3:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Wolf to U.N.: Don't come to Prince William

U.S Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) penned a hot letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon requesting he not send a human rights official to Prince William County to inspect the treatment of immigrant workers here. Earlier this week, Jorge A. Bustamante, a U.N. special rapporteur for human rights of migrants, called off a visit planned for Tuesday and Wednesday. The immigrant advocate group Mexicans Without Borders welcomed the scrutiny, saying the county's illegal immigration crackdown has "created a climate where suspicion and terror thrive." Wolf countered that the U.N. has "consistently failed to protect the human rights," of people in the Darfur region of Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in his letter to Ban-Ki Moon. "Rather than planning visits to communities in America, the UNÖ should be putting its energy toward responding to this and other human rights abuses around the globe," Wolf wrote. "I respectfully...

By Kristen Mack | June 12, 2008; 2:42 PM ET | Comments (4)

Report: Forbes, Goode Haven't Endorsed McCain

The Hill Newspaper reported last night that U.S. Reps. Virgil Goode and Randy Forbes, both of Virginia, are among 14 GOP members of who Congress who "have refused to endorse or publicly support" presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain, an Arizona senator. The article gave no explanation as to why Forbes or Goode haven't rallied behind McCain, or whether they ever plan to. A spokesperson for Forbes was not immediately available to comment today. Linwood Duncan, Goode's spokesman, said, "Virgil has not made any endorsements in any races this year." Duncan wasn't sure if Goode planned to make any endorsements later in the year....

By Tim Craig | June 12, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Virginia Notebook: The Front-runners & Their Partners

Democratic Senate candidate Mark R. Warner and the presumptive GOP nominee for president, Sen. John McCain, have at least one thing in common. Both start as the early favorite to win in Virginia this year -- Warner more so than McCain -- but they also have to determine how to interact with the other man from their party whose names also appear on the ballot statewide. It's a potentially delicate dance that could determine whether one party or the other has a chance at sweeping both contests in Virginia....

By Tim Craig | June 11, 2008; 5:36 PM ET | Comments (4)

New Leader for Kaine's PAC

Charlie Kelly will become executive director of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's political action committee, Moving Virginia Forward, replacing Matt Felan, who announced today that he is launching his own independent fundraising company. Kelly has served Kaine in various roles since 2005 and most recently has been the PAC's political director, facilitating campaign operations for legislative and local candidates across Virginia. "I am pleased that Charlie will be serving as the new executive director of Moving Virginia Forward," Kaine said in a statement. "During my campaign and in our coordinated efforts that won back the state Senate, Charlie has served with great distinction and proven himself time and again. He has shown leadership and a real knack for getting the job done."...

By Anita Kumar | June 11, 2008; 2:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

GOP Delegate Slams Kaine's Motives

Republicans in the General Assembly are stepping up their criticism of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) for his role in Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) presidential campaign. In a statement released today, Del. William R. Janis (R-Goochland) asks, "Is governor Kaine sacrificing Virginia on the alter of vice-presidential ambition?" After looking into Kaine's schedule, Janis concludes that Kaine has spent "over 19 days (this year) jetting around the country with Barack Obama, but only fifteen hours over 10 days promoting his transportation plan," an apparent reference to Kaine's ongoing series of town hall meetings....

By Tim Craig | June 11, 2008; 2:40 PM ET | Comments (4)

Low Turnout Yesterday Says Little About November

Democrat Gerald E. Connolly of Fairfax County, the top elected official of the region's largest jurisdiction, won a decisive primary victory yesterday in Northern Virginia's 11th Congressional District against former representative Leslie L. Byrne. But with less than 6 percent of registered voters participating in the election, the results don't say a whole lot about what could happen come November. Connolly beat Byrne with nearly 58 percent of the vote to her 33 percent. In raw numbers, however, he won by just over 6,000 votes -- little more than 1 percent of the 11th Congressional District's 446,000 active registered voters....

By Amy Gardner | June 11, 2008; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (9)

Connolly Wins 11th District

9:25 p.m. Here's what Gerald E. Connolly had to say minutes after winning. "We come out of this landslide win going into November in a very strong position," he told my colleague Amy Gardner, referring to his next opponent, Republican newcomer Keith S. Fimian, a local businessman, who is well-financed for the fall campaign. "This is going to be one of the most targeted races in the country. It's a prime pickup opportunity for Democrats." 9:15 p.m. Mark W. Elmore has won the 8th District GOP race. He held a 10 point lead over Amit K. Singh, with more than 90 percent of precincts reporting. 9:10 p.m. Leslie L. Byrne just conceded. 9:05 p.m. Gerald E. Connolly has won the hotly contested Democratic primary. He beat out three competitors, fighting off a tough challenge from former representative Leslie L. Byrne....

By Kristen Mack | June 10, 2008; 9:25 PM ET | Comments (20)

Did You Vote Today?

Bob commented about the primary today and said, "I voted today--at 7:50 AM. I noticed I was the 6th person to vote...sad. I figure if candidates can put in the time, effort and energy it takes to run--plus the willingness to put themselves "out there" in the public eye-- we as the public should at least respect their efforts, show up at the polls and cast a vote." We want to hear from you. Take the poll and tell us about your voting experience in the comment section below....

By washingtonpost.com editors | June 10, 2008; 4:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Turnout Worse Than Expected on Primary Day

After morning and lunch-hour rushes that looked more like a trickle, Northern Virginia election officials predicted historically low turnout in today's congressional primaries despite a fiercely competitive Democratic contest for an open seat in the 11th District, where Republican Tom Davis is retiring. At Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, Democratic candidate Leslie Byrne greets a prospective voter and his son at the polls. (By Emma Patti -- washingtonpost.com) Through much of the afternoon, precincts across the region looked like ghost towns. At the Fair Oaks precinct of central Fairfax County, just 15 ballots had been cast at 2 p.m., officials said. "Turnout is, I don't want to say anemic, but turnout is very, very, very, very light," said Rokey Suleman, Fairfax County's general registrar, who predicted that turnout was unlikely to exceed 5 percent by the time polls close at 7 p.m. -- a dismal contrast to the one-third of registered...

By Amy Gardner | June 10, 2008; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sen. Webb Appears on The Daily Show

Last night, Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) appeared on The Daily Show. In his interview with Jon Stewart, he addressed the bipartisan Webb-Hagel GI Bill for returning service members....

By washingtonpost.com editors | June 10, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

McCain, Gilmore Share a Moment

Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee for president, stopped by Shockoe Express & Roastery in Richmond today before a fund-raiser at the nearby Omni Hotel. The coffee shop, located in the city's historic Shockoe Slip neighborhood, was one of U.S. Senate Mark R. Warner's (D) favorite hangouts when he was governor from 2002 to 2006. Before the $1,000 a plate fund-raiser, Mcain hosted about 40 people at a reception....

By Tim Craig | June 9, 2008; 2:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Walter Curt Heads Up GOP Fundraising

Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (Prince William), the newly elected chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, continues to shake up the leadership of the state party. Since defeating former lieutenant governor John H. Hager for the chairman's job last weekend, many of the state party's senior staffers have resigned or been dismissed. Frederick plans to announce today that Walter M. Curt, owner of Power Motors Inc, a Harrisonburg-based technology firm, will be the party's new finance chairman. Curt replaces Fred Malek, who resigned from his finance role at the state party last week. Malek still serves as the deputy national finance chairman for Arizona Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign....

By Tim Craig | June 9, 2008; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Staffers Begin Appearing in Virginia

Paid staffers for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, have begun filtering into Virginia, according to Democratic officials. Scott A. Surovell, chairman of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, said he has met two paid Obama field organizers working on voter registration drives and other activities in Northern Virginia. The Obama campaign is also believed to be engaged in an aggressive voter-registration drive in Richmond. The campaign set a goal last month of registering 4,000 new voters in Richmond by June 13. Some Democrats say the Obama campaign began quietly locating staffers in Virginia shortly after the North Carolina and Indiana primaries on May 6, a month before Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination....

By Tim Craig | June 8, 2008; 11:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

John Warner Donates $2,000 to Gilmore

Sen. John W. Warner (R), who is retiring, announced today he has contributed $2,000 to former Republican governor James S. Gilmore III's campaign to succeed him in the Senate. Warner's announcement comes on the heels of a report in The Hill newspaper that speculated the state's senior senator may not support Gilmore, who secured the GOP nomination last weekend. Warner apparently made the donation to Gilmore sometime this week. In a statement, Warner said he has also donated $2,000 each this month to GOP Reps. Frank R. Wolf, Thelma Drake, Eric I. Cantor, Randy Forbes and Robert Goodlatte, all of whom are seeking reelection....

By Tim Craig | June 6, 2008; 7:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gilmore Talks About Iraq, Abortion and Warner

GOP Senate nominee James S. Gilmore III said today he expects that U.S. troops will be in Iraq for years to come because they are central to the efforts to combat terrorism around the world. "The Iraq war is part of a much larger problem and process that is underway," Gilmore said while being interviewed on The Politics Program on WTOP radio. "We have to define what American policy is going to be. I don't think there is any specific time that we are going to be there militarily, but I do know this, we are not going to do a precipitous withdrawal."...

By Tim Craig | June 6, 2008; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama-Kaine, Obama-Warner, Obama-Webb

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) offered up only a few clues today about which Virginia Democrat, if any, has a shot at being considered as a vice-presidential candidate this fall. But it's clear there is a spot in Obama's heart for Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), who endorsed Obama more than a year ago. Obama appeared at different times today with Kaine, Sen. James Webb and U.S. Senate candidate Mark R. Warner, all of whom are mentioned as possible Democratic vice-presidential contenders....

By Tim Craig | June 5, 2008; 9:30 PM ET | Comments (10)

Democrats Blast Gilmore for Ties to Romney

Virginia Democrats attacked former governor and U.S. Senate candidate James S. Gilmore III (R) for appearing in Virginia today with former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney who Gilmore criticized just last year. The Democratic Party of Virginia noted that Gilmore, who briefly ran for president himself, criticized the then presidential frontrunners, including Romney, who he called a "liberal politician [from] the Northeast" who used his wealth to convert into a conservative. Gilmore spokeswoman Ana Gamonal dismissed the Democrats' charges, saying that Gilmore and Romney differed on some issues but agreed on the majority of them. She said Gilmore is "excited and grateful" for Romney's endorsement. "This shows the Republican party coming together with its leaders to defeat Barack Obama and Mark Warner in the fall,'' she said....

By Anita Kumar | June 5, 2008; 2:44 PM ET | Comments (9)

Rep. Scott endorses Byrne; labor union backs Connolly

U.S. Rep. Robert C. Scott (D-Va.) said today he has endorsed Leslie L. Byrne in the hotly contested Democratic primary in the 11th Congressional District, while the Mid-Atlantic Laborers Union has backed Byrne rival Gerald E. Connolly. Scott, who lives in Newport News and represents Virginia's only majority-African-American district, worked alongside Byrne both in the General Assembly and in Congress during her one term in the early 1990s. Like Byrne, he is viewed as one of Virginia's most prominent liberal Democrats....

By Amy Gardner | June 5, 2008; 1:53 PM ET | Comments (10)

Warner, Obama in Bristol

Former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Mark R. Warner just gave Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) a rousing endorsement during a town-hall meeting in Bristol in Southwest Virginia. After being introduced by U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va), Warner and Obama emerged on stage together, stopping frequently to shake hands with supporters lining the walkway. Warner then noted the similarities between his campaign strategy and the one Obama has apparently embraced in his effort to win Virginia this fall. "You know seven years ago, I started my campaign (for governor) right here in Southwest Virginia and a month ago, I was a job applicant again, and I came back to Southwest Virginia to start that campaign for Senate," Warner said. "Today is the first official campaign kickoff of the Senator Obama presidential campaign, so I don't know about you, but I think it says a lot about somebody about where they choose...

By Tim Craig | June 5, 2008; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (26)

'Gail for Rail' Secures Spot on the Ballot

Gail Parker, a retired Air Force Reservist and Defense Department budget analyst, has secured a spot on the November ballot as an Independent Green candidate for U.S. Senate. "We're been working very hard on it,'' she said. "We were just waiting for official word." Bill Redpath, national chairman of the Libertarian Party, is still collecting signatures to get his name on the ballot before the State Board of Elections' June 10 deadline. They will be running against Republican James S. Gilmore III and Democrat Mark R. Warner....

By Anita Kumar | June 5, 2008; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

Warner Gets Some Bipartisan Support

Preston Bryant, a former Republican delegate, and Democratic Del. Shannon R. Valentine, are hosting a fundraiser for former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Mark R. Warner (D) tonight in Lynchburg. An email invitation from Valentine and Bryant, who now works in Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's administration, encourages supporters to attend "a fun, bipartisan evening." "The crowd promises to have lots of R's and D's and I's,'' according to the invitation. "There will be good food and drink. And the setting will be spectacular."...

By Anita Kumar | June 5, 2008; 8:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

Webb Gets Onboard

In the end, Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) kept his word. But is he admirable or overly cautious? Webb will get behind Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid today and appear with him at a large rally tonight in Prince William County, Democratic officials said last night....

By Tim Craig | June 5, 2008; 8:29 AM ET | Comments (25)

McCain Looks for Virginia Money

Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, will be in Tysons Corner Monday for a high-dollar fundraiser for his campaign and the Republican Party. The event, which will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, is being hosted by a cross-section of Virginia Republicans and business leaders, including Sen. John W. Warner, former senator George Allen, U.S. Rep. Tom Davis, Del. Christopher B. Saxman (Staunton), Ted Georgelas and Til Hazel, both developers, and P. Wesley Foster Jr., chairman of Long & Foster Companies. People who raise or contribute $25,000 will be able to get their picture taken with McCain. Tickets for the reception range from $1,000 to $5,000, according to an invitation on McCain's website....

By Tim Craig | June 4, 2008; 9:03 PM ET | Comments (4)

Kilgore, Saxman Take On Obama

Virginia Republicans are offering up a preview of their strategy for preventing Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, from winning the state's 13 electoral votes in the Nov. 4 general election. In a conference call organized by the Republican National Committee, former attorney general Jerry W. Kilgore and Del. Christopher B. Saxman (Staunton) predicted today that Obama would lose Virginia because of his positions on guns and taxes. The call was a preemptive strike as Obama prepares to campaign tomorrow in Southwest Virginia and Prince William County. "Senator Obama has got an F rating from the (National Rifle Association) and he has been very critical of the people of rural America for their views on guns," said Kilgore, who was raised in Southwest Virginia. "We all remember the famous quote from Obama that people in rural America cling to their faith and their guns. I think...

By Tim Craig | June 4, 2008; 4:49 PM ET | Comments (3)

Wilder Praises Obama And Criticizes Clinton

Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder, the nation's first black governor released a statement this afternoon about the first black man to win the Democratic nomination for president. "As I watched last night the certification of the nomination of Barack Obama, I was filled with many emotions,'' Wilder said. "I was proud and appreciative of how far we had come in this country. I think that he has run a magnificent campaign and has exhibited grace under fire, humility when necessary, and the courage to face the obstacles of campaigning for the most prestigious political position in the world."...

By Anita Kumar | June 4, 2008; 4:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

Warner Will Campaign With Obama in Bristol

Democratic Senate Candidate Mark R. Warner has reshuffled his schedule so that he can appear with Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) tomorrow at a town-hall meeting in Bristol in Southwest Virginia. Warner, who has stayed neutral in the presidential race, will not attend the Obama rally at Nissan Pavilion in Prince William due to a prior engagement tomorrow evening. But Warner's appearance with Obama in Bristol will be a symbolic pairing of the two men who will lead the Democratic ticket in the Virginia this year....

By Tim Craig | June 4, 2008; 1:15 PM ET | Comments (10)

'Gail for Rail' Hopes to Run for U.S. Senate

Gail Parker, a retired Air Force Reservist and Defense Department budget analyst who has run for office several times in Virginia in recent years, has filed papers to run for U.S. Senate in November. Parker is still collecting signatures from some areas of the state to appear on the ballot, along with Republican James S. Gilmore III and Democrat Mark R. Warner. Parker, whose radio jingle in the 2006 Senate campaign (Let's vote for Gail! She's for light rail!) drew jabs from Stephen Colbert on his late-night Comedy Central show, garnered more than one percent of the vote in the razor tight race between Republican George Allen and Democrat James Webb....

By Anita Kumar | June 4, 2008; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (5)

Virginia Notebook: GOP Questions Answered

Here are the answers to the election questions asked in last week's Virginia Notebook. On Friday and Saturday, Republicans gathered at a Richmond convention center to select their nominee to fill the seat of retiring Sen. John W. Warner (R). They also elected a party chairman and delegates to the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul....

By Tim Craig | June 4, 2008; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (2)

Jim Leaman, a Superdelegate, Endorses Obama

Jim Leaman, executive director of the Virginia AFL-CIO, was one of 26.5 superdelegates who endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in a joint statement tonight after the polls closed in South Dakota and Montana. "I believe that Senator Obama is the right person, in the right place and at the right time to change politics in Washington from strict partisan warfare to one of jointly solving America's problems," Leaman said. Sen. James Webb (D-Va), Virginia Democratic Party Chairman C. Richard Cranwell and former Labor Secretary Alexis Herman are now the only undeclared superdelegates from Virginia. Meanwhile, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), who endorsed Obama more than a year ago, issued a statement urging all Democrats to "unite solidly" behind Obama to "move this country forward."...

By Tim Craig | June 3, 2008; 11:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Plans Big Rally at Nissan Pavilion

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the likely Democratic nominee for president, will hold a rally Thursday evening at Nissan Pavilion in Prince William County. The event is free and open to the public, but admission will be on a first-come, first serve basis. The pavilion, located in Bristow, can seat up to 25,000 for a concert, but it's unclear how it will be configured for a political rally. Doors open at 3 p.m and the program begins at 6 p.m. Obama will also hold a town hall meeting in Bristol in Southwest Virignia Thursday afternoon. Tickets are required for that event....

By Tim Craig | June 3, 2008; 5:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Romney to Raise Money For Bolling

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be in Virginia Thursday to help Lt. Gov Bill Bolling ( R) raise money for his 2009 reelection bid. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and potential GOP vice-presidential candidate, will appear with Bolling at a fundraiser Thursday afternoon at The Ritz Carlton in Arlington. Romney and Bolling will then travel to Richmond for a "Burgers with Bill" barbecue. The two are also planning several joint media appearances. Last year, Bolling endorsed Romney's presidential bid and later served as the co-chairman of his Virginia campaign. Romney dropped out of the presidential race a few days before Virginia's primary on Feb. 12. Bolling is expected to run unopposed the Republican nomination next year but will have to try to fend off a challenger in the general election, although a Democratic candidate with high name recognition has yet to emerge....

By Tim Craig | June 3, 2008; 2:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Director leaves the Republican Party of Virginia

Days after state Republicans elected Jeffrey M. Frederick as chairman, Charlie Judd, executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia, resigned. "I believe the chairman should be free to choose his own team...to that end I have given my resignation,'' Judd wrote in an email. "I personally committed to him that I will make sure the transition is smooth, orderly and not disruptive in any way...and have encouraged the staff to do the same...which I know they will." Frederick, a conservative state delegate from Prince William, was elected chairman of the Saturday at the state convention, defeating incument John H. Hager, the former lieutenant governor who had held the position for a year....

By Anita Kumar | June 3, 2008; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama to Campaign in Virginia Thursday

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the likely Democratic nominee for president, will campaign in Virginia on Thursday, according to Democratic officials. While the schedule is still being finalized, Obama will likely visit at least two areas of the state, including Northern Virginia. It will be Obama's first campaign swing through Virginia since before the Feb. 12 primary. Though Virginia hasn't supported a Democratic presidential nominee since 1964, the Obama campaign vows to campaign hard in the state this year in hopes of winning it's 13 electoral votes. No word yet on whether Democratic Senate candidate Mark R. Warner or Sen. James Webb (D-Va.), both of whom are neutral in the presidential race, will decide to endorse Obama when he comes to the state....

By Tim Craig | June 3, 2008; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sam Rasoul Hopes Cheap Gas Turns Into Votes

Democrat Sam Rasoul has figured out a way to generate interest in his underdog campaign against U.S. Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte (R-Va.). On Wednesday, starting at 4 p.m., Rasoul's campaign staff will be pumping discounted gas at the Texaco Food Mart on South High Street in Harrisonburg. For 40 minutes, motorists will be able to get up to 10 gallons of gas for $1-a-gallon less than retail price....

By Tim Craig | June 2, 2008; 6:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Marshall Seeks Concessions From Gilmore

Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) said today he won't run as an Independent candidate for the U.S. Senate, but probably will not be endorsing GOP Senate nominee James S. Gilmore III, either In an interview, Marshall said he remains upset about mailers Gilmore sent out during the final days of their race for the nomination. Gilmore, a former governor, defeated Marshall by less than 1 percent at the state GOP convention on Saturday....

By Tim Craig | June 2, 2008; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Picks Up Virginia Superdelegate

Jerome Wiley Segovia, a superdelegate from Virginia, announced today he is supporting Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's bid for the Democratic nomination for president. "While sharing the valuable international experience of spending a portion of my formative years overseas in a similar fashion as Senator Obama, I am excited to add my support to a campaign that has clearly demonstrated a commitment to an inclusive national field campaign, has shattered all previous campaign fundraising records, and is supportive of alternative sources of energy to begin to solve our energy crisis," said Segovia, a member of the Democratic National Committee. Of the 16 superdelegates from Virginia, seven are now backing Obama. Five are supporting Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). Four, including state party chairman C. Richard Cranwell and Sen. James Webb (D), remain uncommitted....

By Tim Craig | June 2, 2008; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

LeMunyon, GOP, Set Sights on Caputo

Virginia Republicans are gearing up to challenge Del. C. Charles Caputo (D) next year, saying his Fairfax County district represents one of their best pickup opportunities in Northern Virginia. Jim LeMunyon, a Chantilly businessman, was making the rounds at the state GOP convention touting his plans to run against Caputo. LeMunyon, who served as Assistant Commerce Secretary under former President Bush in the early 1990s, was passing out pamphlets noting that Caputo won his 2007 race against Republican Marc Cadin by just 6 percentage points. He also noted that U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va) won Caputo's 67th House District in 2006, and former senator George Allen received about 46 percent of the vote that year, despite his poor showing in the rest of Fairfax County....

By Tim Craig | June 2, 2008; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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