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Virginia Democrats Target McCain's Wealth

Tim Craig

The Virginia Democratic Party will try today to localize the controversy over Arizona Sen. John McCain's (R) not knowing how many houses he owns by holding a press conference outside of McCain's Crystal City condominium.

Del. David L. Englin (D-Alexandria) and Peter Rousselot, chairman of the Arlington County Democratic Party, will speak at the event at McCain's condominium building, which the party said in a statement is "the most enviable address in Virginia."

"Englin, Rousselot and others will ask how McCain can represent middle-class families who are struggling with the rising cost of living, soaring gas prices and the foreclosure crisis," the state party said in a news release.

The effort is apparently part of a national strategy by Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill) presidential campaign to keep the pressure on McCain by localizing the house story, which sidetracked the GOP campaign yesterday. But efforts by Virginia Democrats to make the presidential contest about class holds potential risks for the party, especially in Northern Virginia, where residents are among the wealthiest in the nation. Some voters may be uneasy with Democrats' decision to take politics to McCain's front door.

Virginia Democrats' attack on McCain could also highlight the fact that the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Virginia, former governor Mark R. Warner, is worth an estimated $200 million. Warner owns two houses, including a sprawling estate in King George County. Warner's Republican opponent, James S. Gilmore III, is also worth several million dollars. Gilmore also owns two houses, but has sought to make Warner's wealth an issue in the race, including referring to him as a "limousine liberal."

By Tim Craig  |  August 22, 2008; 9:06 AM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , John McCain , Mark Warner , Tim Craig  
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"Some voters may be uneasy with Democrats' decision to take politics to McCain's front door."

This suggestion is based on what evidence? The other comments - including questioning the strategy of highlighting McCain's wealth in wealthy Northern Virginia and with an extremely wealthy Senate candidate - make sense. But this one is just unfounded.

Reflecting your pro-McCain bias, perhaps?

Posted by: Chris | August 22, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Obama did a land deal with Rezko while he was under investigation. I am going now to protest against these dem leaders. They love this crook Obama who did a land deal with Rezko while Rezko was under investigation. Rezko saved Obama 300 grand while he had been under investigation by the U.S attorney's office for 3 years and all over the chicago papers.

Posted by: Dan | August 22, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

It is just tacky to take a political event to the doorstep of a candidate and his neighbors.

How would the Warner family and their neighbors feel about a GOP event on the sidewalk outside their Old Town Alexandria home? That property must be worth several million dollars. But that is beside the point.

So we now want to ridicule people based on their success? This is coming from a candidate, Obama, that made over $4 million last year and owns a swanky million dollar home in Chicago...

There are plenty of legitimate issues to discuss about how to help improve the lives of working Americans, this is not one of them.

Posted by: Mike | August 22, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

mcCain House JOKES available at Huffington Post

my favorite

McCain had the numbers of his houses writen down,,,but he left it in his other plane.

Posted by: mark | August 22, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Trying to generate negative feelings based on a candidate being rich never works in the U. S. We'd all like to be like that candidate.

Posted by: NoVA | August 22, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Saw Mark's comments re: Huffington Post/McCain jokes. Never trusted Ariana Huffington -- after all, she married a gay man for his money.

Posted by: Natasha | August 23, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Dems should target McCain's integrity - he comes back fron Nam a celibrated war hero to find his wife recovering from a severe auto accident and not the long & lanky swim beauty he'd been remembering. He starts dating around, finds a slimmer & richer model in Cindy, commits adultery, devorces the wife and trades up. How can you ignore such an obvious lack of intergity?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 23, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

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