Party Leaders Flock to Kaine Fundraiser
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) held a fundraiser for his political action committee last night in Tysons Corner, an event that drew hundreds of Democratic activists, donors and party leaders.
Kaine was introduced by Senator-Elect Mark R. Warner (D), who recalled how barren the political landscape was for Democrats in 2001, when Warner ran for governor and Kaine was the party's nominee for lieutenant governor.
"If you think where we were 8 years ago as Virginia Democrats, we didn't have a single statewide elected official, we had three congressman, the legislature was 2-to-1 against us and basically folks in the press had decided that Virginia was next to Idaho or Wyoming or one of those states that was never going to go Democratic," Warner recalled.
Now, Warner noted, Democrats control the governor's mansion, the state senate, both U.S. Senate Seats and a majority U.S. House seats.
"We have come a long, long way and nobody has had more to do with building that effort and continuing the proud tradition of moving Virginia forward...than someone I am proud to call my governor and, more importantly, my friend, than Tim Kaine," Warner said.
When Kaine took the stage, he spoke of his relationship with President-Elect Obama, the pride he felt on Election night, and his hope that Virginia Democrats will continue their winning streak next year. Kaine vowed to campaign in 2009 as if his own name was on the ballot.
Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) and two of the state's new Democratic House members - Glenn Nye and Tom Perriello - also attended. Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria) and Terry McAuliffe, rivals for the Democratic nomination for governor, were also there.
After the dinner, Moran and McAuliffe positioned themselves at opposite ends of the ball room as they greeted Kaine's donors and Democratic officials.
Later, McAuliffe and his wife approached Moran and his wife and the two couples engaged in several minutes of cordial small talk. At one point, McAuliffe said he was having "a lot of fun," and Moran indicated he, too, was looking forward to the campaign.
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