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Moran Challenges Rivals To Curb Fundraising

Anita Kumar

This morning on WTOP radio, former Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria) called on his two rivals for the Democratic nomination for governor to refuse contributions from out-of-state donors.

"This election should be about who has a proven record of fighting for Virginia families and a vision for where to take the state," Moran said. "It should not be an election about who can raise more money from national donors. Virginia Democrats should choose our nominee."

Moran asked Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) and Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, to make the pledge and continue it through the June 9 primary.

Moran is targeting McAuliffe, who is expected to announce Tuesday that he is running for governor. If he runs, he would likely be able to tap his personal funds and national fundraising network to raise millions of dollars quickly.

The Democratic nominee will face Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell (R) in November.

McDonnell had $1.2 million in the bank, as of June 30. Moran had $924,292 and Deeds had $650,452. The most recent fundraising period ended Dec. 31 but candidates do not need to file their reports until Jan. 15.

By Anita Kumar  |  January 2, 2009; 3:19 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe  
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Hmm... this past presidential election - whether it be the primary or the general - was not about "proven records"... that's an old song and it is time to change that tune. This past election - and elections to come - are about innovative ideas and solutions to best solve Virginia's problems. It is also about a strong leader who evokes confidence... Finally, it definitely isn't about someone who lacks the debate, policy, or fundraising skills to obtain a seat Republicans are targeting. Sorry Brian, three strikes and you're out. And a "vision" for the direction of Virginia? Brian has no vision, no ideas, and just plays it safe. We don't need that here in Virginia. His lack of vision has left us with a lack of a majority in the House of Delegates. Oh well, maybe another time.

This is just another piece of evidence that Moran isn't ready for a challenging election. He has yet to run one up to this point and his lack of confidence shines through...again.

Posted by: changewillcome | January 6, 2009 12:52 AM | Report abuse

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