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By Tim Craig  |  November 12, 2008; 12:10 PM ET
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Deeds only lost marginally (100 votes, maybe?) to McDonnell in the Attorney General race. McDonnell has much more visibility than Deeds. I vote for McAuliffe, somewhat of a risky choice, in this poll for several reasons. First, McAuliffe has a formidable history of raising incredible amounts of campaign funds at the drop of the hat. If he can replicate this nation-wide experience in the setting of one state, then his ability to drown out Deeds and Moran will be magnified if and only if he delivers the right type of message to capture the attention of Virginians. Focus needs to be shifted on McDonnell's impasse on not helping to find or even suggest a solution for the North Anna waste treatment problem that is putting children and area residents at risk in the name of waiving regulations and fines on Dominion's nuclear power station; this is self-evident when viewing the Opinion of the Attorney General memorandum that he authored in 2006 and also in the political contributions he receives from Dominion Resources [which can be found on]. I'm watching the upcoming tour of the state that McAuliffe is embarking upon. He will need the blessing of Mark Warner and Tim Kaine [but the strongest support from Warner] in order to gain ground in a state that might look negatively on a resident that has spent decades of focus exclusively on the federal level.

Rob Smith, III
Richmond, VA

Posted by: robertjsmithiii | November 12, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Someone being a great fundraiser is not a good reason to vite for them! I support Brian Moran because this is not a game to him - he wants to serve the people of Virginia as best as he can, and that would be as governor. His family has a great record of public service and I agree with his positions 100%. Plus he's a hard worker, very smart and just a good guy - what more could you want? Terry McAuliffe is more a personality than a politician - he's a behind the scenes guy. And besides, why make the governorship your first foray into public service? Run for the state house, get some cred. And Creigh Deeds is a snooze - at the Dems State Convention, no one knew he was on the stage until he was finished speaking! Brian Moran speaks, and will govern, from both his heart and his mind. He's the best man for the job!

Posted by: momhon57 | November 12, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

If Terry McAuliffe is such a prolific fundraiser, and is so concerned about the Commonwealth of Virginia and a potential McDonnell governorship, why does he need to be a candidate for Governor to raise money in support of GA Democrats and the state-wide ticket? Shouldn't he be putting his fundraising prowess to work on behalf of more qualified Democrats, rather than implying that he would only help the Democrats if he himself got to lead the whole ticket?

Posted by: suffragiologist | November 12, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Brian Moran has been working for Virginia as a civil servant his entire adult life. Terry McAuliffe has been focused on National/federal issues. I have seen him on TV many times, but never heard him talk about Virginia issues. I support Brian Moran, Terry is being an opportunist here.

Posted by: moran1770 | November 12, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

If anyone's met these three, it's hands-down Brian Moran. Most personable, knowledgeable and passionate. A great continuation of the Warner-Kaine tradition of progressive, smart and hardworking Democrats who have change the state from solid Rep to solid Dem.

Posted by: truthnothingbut | November 12, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Remember, since the Jimmy Carter election (76'), which ever party runs the white house, virginia elects the opposite party to run the governorship the follow year.
Carter-D (1976) Dalton-R (1977)
Reagan-R (1980 and 1984) Robb and Bililes (D's) 1981 and 1985
Bush sr-R (1988) Wilder-D (1989)
Clinton-D (1992 and 96') Allen and Gilmore (R's) 1993 and 1997
Bush jr-R (2000 and 2004) Warner and Kaine (D's) 2001 and 2005
Obama-D (2008) McDonnell-R 2009? maybe? will all just have to wait and see until 09' governor race.

Posted by: ehs2002 | November 12, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Like one of the posters above, I too attended the state Dem convention in Hampton--and found both Moran and Deeds presentations wanting--long on rah-rah and plagued by bad acoustics.

While I am sure Moran is a nice fellow--he came off as way too much of a slick used car salesman in Hampton.

Any Dem candidate figures to carry NoVa. As a country boy, steeped in the party of FDR, Deeds can cut into the rural base that McDonnell is counting on--and beat him.

I doubt Moran or McAuliffe could manage that feat.

Posted by: bjerryberg | November 12, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Brian Moran is the more thoughtful legislator, a really caring man who will work to carry on the traditions of Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.

It's sad that Terry McAuliffe, who did a great service as DNC Chairman, has not found a good "fit" for his excellent talents. He is just going to mess things up in 2009 in Virginia.

We have a good chance to break the logjam in Richmond in 2009, but we must win the Governorship AND the House of Delegates to prevail. McAuliffe will hurt the Democratic Party in both those races. Terry, please reconsider, for the good of the Party and for the good of Virginia.

Thanks. MassanuttenPhil.

Posted by: MassanuttenPhil | November 13, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Here in the new blue shenandoah valley (towns) we have seen Brian Moran campaign for the last couple of years with various candidates. His presence and understanding of our area makes him a first choice for governor.

Posted by: clocktower | November 14, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

1-I think Moran is the obvious choice, but we know now that obvious choice doesn't mean he'd win. 2-If it is true that Republicans take the state when Dems have the White House, and if we want to undo this curse/tradition, then maybe Terry McAuliffe, the not so obvious choice, is the man we need to break that trend.

Posted by: newswatcherone | November 15, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

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