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Webb Hits the Campaign Trail

Anita Kumar

Sen. Jim Webb, who is not exactly known for his love of campaigning, starting stumping today for fellow Democrats running for election next month.

This week, he is appearing at events for Gerry Connolly, Fairfax County Board chairman who is running for Congress; former governor Mark R. Warner, who is running for U.S. Senate; and Tom Perriello, who is running against Rep. Virgil Goode in a south central district stretching from Charlottesville to Danville.

Next week, he will campaign for Judy Feder, who is running against Rep. Frank Wolf in Northern Virginia and Glenn Nye, who is running against Rep. Thelma Drake in Hampton Roads. He will also participate in an event for Democratic senate candidates with D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and make a two-day swing through Southwest Virginia for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Webb, elected in 2006, has been criticized by some constituents and party activists for his failure to interact with Democratic activists and campaign for members of his party. But he has a packed schedule this month following the Senate's adjournment Friday.

By Anita Kumar  |  October 7, 2008; 2:30 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Webb  
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Jim Webb has been the most effective, steady, and respectable Senator since he was elected in 2006, and I still regard my vote for him in 2006 as the proudest one I've ever cast in my lifetime (I'm 40 and have never missed any election). At any rate, let Jim Webb be our Senator please, and continue to do it so well. I am happy to have someone like him working for Virginia in the US Senate instead of galavanting around the state in a campaign. We need more Senators like Jim Webb, who serve in one of the most noble traditions in American politics--the public interest.

Bravo to Senator Webb! You are one of my greatest political heros, and I thank you for your distinguished service!

Posted by: Doug in Mount Vernon | October 7, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Hello? Can someone please investigate the Gilmore ad which purports to have an audio of Warner warning Democrats that the religious right, the NRA, and the homeschoolers (!) are trying to take over Virginia?

As a homeschooler myself, I find the possibility that Warner actually said this disturbing, to say the least. Why isn't anyone interviewing him about his stance on education and on homeschooling in general? Why isn't this blog (which looks to be about Virginia politics) at least discussing the Gilmore ad, if not investigating it?

Posted by: Rena Corey | October 8, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Rena: "As a homeschooler myself, I find the possibility that Warner actually said this disturbing, to say the least."

In the absence of independent information, it's best to assume that something coming from one political campaign that sounds like an outrageous smear is probably outright false or badly distorted, rather than be disturbed by the possibility that it could be true. If nothing else, refusing to be swayed by smears will make campaigns less likely to use them, which is good for all of us.

Here is some quick info on that attack and the response from the debates:

Posted by: Redshift | October 8, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

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