McDonnell Reaches Out To Wilder
Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, the Republican nominee for governor, sent out a statement today praising Democrat L. Douglas Wilder, the nation's first elected black governor who is ending his tenure as Richmond mayor today.
"As the nation's first African-American Governor, Wilder made history. He governed Virginia well during a period of economic difficulty, and ensured that the Commonwealth would be well positioned to benefit from economic recovery,'' McDonnell said. "L. Douglas Wilder has dedicated his life to public service, and his contributions to Virginia will long be remembered."
None of the three Democratic candidates for governor sent out a statement on Wilder.
Wilder, who did not run for re-election, has been a fixture in Virginia politics for four decades. The charismatic, often flamboyant Wilder was known as an outspoken, sometimes combative Democrat who was not shy about breaking ranks with his party.
In 1997, he refused to endorse Democrat Don Beyer in the governor's race, which helped Republican James S. Gilmore. In 2006, he waited to endorse Democrat James Webb in his race against Republican Geoge Allen until a week before Election Day.
Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) and Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria) are running for the Democratic nomination for governor. Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is expected to announce Tuesday that he is running.
December 31, 2008; 5:26 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , James Gilmore III , James Webb , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe
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