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Draft McAuliffe Campaign Debuts

Tim Craig

Someone has created a website, which appears professionally designed, encouraging Terry McAuliffe to run for governor of Virginia next year.

The site includes a big head shot of McAuliffe, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, next to Virginia's state seal.

"Over the past seven years, Virginia's two Democratic Governors, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, have provided strong leadership -- leadership the commonwealth cannot afford to lose," the website states.

It continues, "Virginia's next Governor needs to put people first. For nearly three decades, Terry McAuliffe has been promoting progressive values and helping Democrats win. For years, he has provided one of the premier voices articulating the values and priorities of the Democratic Party."

The website is also collecting names and email addresses of potential supporters. The website's domain name appears as if it was registered on August 28, the same day the Washington Post published an article stating McAuliffe was considering entering the race for the Democratic nomination.

By Tim Craig  |  September 11, 2008; 4:21 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
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Virginia doesn't need McAuliffe for governor, hell we don't need warner for senator...with less dems less taxes...with more dems more taxes...

Posted by: Dwight | September 11, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Really? "Professionally designed?" Either you're not much one for websites or we have different definitions of those words...

Posted by: Mike | September 11, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Terry is a cack chugger..

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Just posted the following to the draftterry web site. I encourage Virginia Democrats to let McAuliffe know we were happy to be shed of him and do not want him back. The "big head shot" says it all. Maybe the web designer's talking to us:)

Go away. Virginia has been doing just fine without you. We have two decent human beings, good Democrats both, in the contest for the Dem nomination for governor. As much as it may surprise you, we have not been longing for a DLC, triangulating, Dick Morris toe sucking, neo Repub weenie. Both Virginia and the DNC have thrived since your worthless butt vacated the premises. We will not we be a doormat for your selfish opportunism. We will not allow our hard work be perverted into a tool for your unprincipled ambition. If you cared about the Nation or the party you would be spending your time and resources helping us elect a President, Senator and Representatives. In case you have not noticed, we are less than 60 days from those elections. Go away. Virginia has been doing just fine without you. Sincerely, Cliff

Posted by: Cliff | September 11, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Please, please, please let this carpetbagging Yankee run. Governor McDonnell, anyone?

Posted by: Repub | September 11, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

"Virginia's next Governor needs to put people first" Gee, I thought that is what Warner and Kaine were supposed to have done? I guess they failed. So why elect another demofailure?
Virginia is far worse of under democractic governors who claim we are on economic recession but their spending policies indicate otherwise.

Posted by: Philip_native VA | September 11, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Go away Terry Mc Auliffe. We don't need you. The two present candidates Brian Moran and C. Deeds are both terrific and deserve the job. Let McAuliffe run for delegate or senator from his local district. McAuliffe doesn't deserve to run for the top office in the Commonwealth.

Posted by: FCPS retiree | September 11, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Who? What? He doesn't know Virginia. Virginia is not New York. How much money has he raised for local Democratic candidates in VA? How many appearances has he made on behalf of them? He is not needed in VA.

Posted by: Elvis | September 11, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Run Terry Run!

Posted by: Ron | September 11, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Terry is a successful businessman and has been a decades-long Democratic activist. Who better to fight for the working people of Virginia?

Posted by: bungles | September 12, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Run Terry run!!! After a string of loses, we could use an easy Republican victory.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 12, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

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