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Virginia Politics Blog: February 8, 2009 - February 14, 2009

A Night of Laughs At VCCA Dinner

Style Weekly, Richmond's alternative newspaper, has put together a video of the speeches given by the four candidates for governor at the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association dinner. At the event, which was held Wednesday, Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, the soon to be GOP nominee for governor, and the three Democratic candidates all roasted each other, the press and themselves. Style Weekly offers up snippets of some of the jokes, including the harsh joke that McAuliffe landed on Joe Trippi, who is one of Moran's senior advisors....

By Tim Craig  |  February 13, 2009; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
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McAuliffe's Wealth Comes Into Focus (Sort of)

Terry McAuliffe, a Democratic candidate for governor, has filed a financial disclosure form, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. The documents show McAuliffe has a net worth of at least $5.8 million. But McAuliffe is likely worth considerably more because candidates in Virginia do not have to report the exact value of an investment that tops $250,000. McAuliffe reports 21 investments of at least $250,000. McAuliffe also has six investments whose value range from $50,001 to $250,000 and six whose value range from $10,001 to $50,000 According to published reports, McAuliffe is likely worth at least of tens of millions of dollars. As the campaign unfolds, how McAuliffe made his fortune will likely become a big part of the debate. By comparison, Democratic candidate Brian J. Moran has only two investments whose value range from $50,001 to $250,000. Moran also reports one asset of between $10,000 and $50,000. Sen....

By Tim Craig  |  February 13, 2009; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
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Gillespie To Be McDonnell's Chairman

Ed Gillespie, former counselor to President George W. Bush and chairman of the Republican National Committee, will serve as chairman of Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell (R)'s campaign for governor this year. Gillespie, a former lobbyist and a fixture in national Republican politics for two decades, will be involved in every aspect of strategy, policy development, communications and fundraising, according to senior campaign officials. The Fairfax County resident will also be a frequent surrogate for McDonnell across the state and nation. His involvement is further proof that Republcians are investing heavily in McDonnell's campaign as they fight to win back the governor's mansion in a state that has been trending from red to blue. "Bob McDonnell is the right person to lead Virginia forward in these challenging times,'' Gillespie said in a statement. "His record of bringing people together to get things done is exactly what we need right now."...

By Anita Kumar  |  February 13, 2009; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Frederick Urges Wife to Run for Seat

Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (R-Prince William), chairman of the state GOP, is keeping his pledge to not seek re-election in November, but is trying to convince his wife, Amy, to run for his seat. In a letter this morning, Frederick asks supporters to help urge his wife to run by visiting www.VoteAmy.com. "While Amy hasn't yet made a final decision yet, she is leaning towards running but could use some extra convincing,'' he wrote. "As a mom and someone who has spent her career and life working for those less fortunate and providing a voice to those that needed one, I think she'd make a great delegate." Fredrerick is completing his third two-year term. He vowed not to run for a fourth term if elected chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. His wife is a frequent visitor to Richmond and is often seen on the House floor with the...

By Anita Kumar  |  February 13, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2009 , Prince William  
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Candidates For Governor Meet The Press

The four candidates for governor will speak tonight at the annual Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association dinner in Richmond. Attorney General Robert McDonnell, the soon-to-be GOP nominee, and all three Democrats vying for their party's nomination will address about 120 State House reporters, legislators and their aides, political consultants and lobbyists. Several other candidates for statewide office and the leadership of both the Virginia Republican and Democratic parties are also expected to attend. The event marks the second time that all four candidates for governor will share the same stage. They also spoke to the Richmond press corps in December at the annual Associated Press Day. At tonight's dinner, former Washington Post reporter Robert H. Melton and the late James H. Latimer of the Richmond Times Dispatch will be inducted into the association's Hall of Fame, which honors journalists who excelled in coverage of state politics and government. Their names will...

By Tim Craig  |  February 11, 2009; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Petersburg Officials Endorse Moran

Most of the elected officials who represent Petersburg, a majority black city south of Richmond, announced today they are supporting Brian Moran's bid for the Democratic nomination for governor. Moran was endorsed by: Petersburg Mayor Annie M. Mickens, Vice Mayor Horace Webb, Sheriff Vanessa Crawford, state Del. Rosalyn Dance and three city council members. "We face tough challenges in the next few years and we need someone with a proven record of fighting for people as our next Governor," Mickens said. Although it has only 32,000 residents, Petersburg is an important component of the Democratic base in Virginia. Last year, President Obama won 89 percent of the vote in Petersburg, where African Americans account for 80 percent of the population. On Tuesday, Moran was also endorsed by a prominent African-American official in Richmond, Commonwealth Attorney Michael N. Herring....

By Tim Craig  |  February 11, 2009; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Tim Craig  
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Virginia Notebook: JJ Dinner Serves Up Answers

A week ago, Virginia Notebook outlined 14 questions that would be answered at the state Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner, which took place Saturday at the Richmond Convention Center. Former president Bill Clinton headlined the event, but much of the focus was on the party's candidates for governor: Terry McAuliffe, Brian Moran and Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (Bath). Here are the answers:...

By Tim Craig  |  February 11, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moon Wins Firehouse Primary in Fairfax County

Fairfax County School Board member Ilryong Moon defeated community activist Janyce N. Hedetniemi and the Rev. Ronald F. Christian in a "firehouse" primary yesterday and today for the Democratic nomination for the county's Braddock District supervisor seat. Moon now faces Republican John Cook, 45, a lawyer and community activist, and Carey C. Campbell, an independent who ran unsuccessfully in the chairman's race, in a special election scheduled for March 10. The three are vying to replace Democrat Sharon S. Bulova, who narrowly defeated Supervisor Pat S. Herrity (R-Springfield) to become chairman of the Board of Supervisors. Bulova replaced Democrat Gerald E. Connolly, now in Congress. Scott A. Surovell, chairman of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, reported that Moon earned 1,528 votes, Hedetniemi earned 1,073 votes and Christian earned 92 votes in the firehouse primary. The fate of an additional eight uncounted votes was uncertain, but they won't change the outcome,...

By Amy Gardner  |  February 10, 2009; 11:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Republicans Seek More Control in Senate

Republicans tried to gain more power in the Democratic-controlled Senate today by attempting to persuade a Democrat to vote with them on a change that would have given Republicans more representation on two key committees. Republican leaders proposed adding their own co-chairman to the Finance and Courts of Justice committees and adding another Republican senator to Courts of Justice. If Sen. Ralph S. Northam (D-Norfolk) had voted for the change, the chamber would have split 20 to 20 and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) would have broken the tie in favor of the Republicans....

By Anita Kumar  |  February 10, 2009; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kaine and Obama Will Appear in Fairfax County

President Obama and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine will pay a visit to the site of the final segment of the Fairfax County Parkway tomorrow in an effort to highlight the potential impact of billions of new dollars for infrastructure projects. Obama and Kaine, who is also the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will go to the Engineer Proving Ground, where the last leg of the parkway is under construction. Construction of new roads and repair of old ones has been a struggle in Virginia and elsewhere as states find themselves without the funds to pay for the expensive construction. Obama has said the infrastructure spending in the stimulus bill that passed the Senate and House in different versions would help create millions of jobs....

By Tim Craig  |  February 10, 2009; 10:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Deeds Hires Campaign Staff

State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds hired Brooke Borkenhagen to serve as communications director and spokesperson for his gubernatorial campaign. Borkenhagen served as press secretary at the Iowa Democratic Party during the 2008 general election cycle. She was a press aide to Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) and North Dakota spokesperson for Obama for America in the lead up to the North Dakota caucus. Peter Jackson, who had served as executive director of the Future Deeds political action committee and Deed's spokesman, will become senior advisor for communications. Jackson worked on Deeds' 2005 campaign for attorney general. "Brooke and Peter bring a wide-range of experience to our team and will fill crucial roles communicating Senator Deeds' message of creating opportunity in every corner of Virginia," Deeds' camapaign manager Joe Abbey said....

By Anita Kumar  |  February 10, 2009; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds  
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House Democrats Support Shannon

Del. Stephen C. Shannon (D-Fairfax), the only announced Democratic candidate for the attorney general, receive support from the top two Democratic leaders in the House of Delegates. House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong and Del. Kenneth R. Plum (D-Fairfax), chairman of the Democratic caucus, endorsed Shannon. "I'm proud to support Steve because, when it comes to protecting children, Steve has been a leader since before his election to the House of Delegates," Armstrong said. "As a former prosecutor and as a dad, Steve knows what it takes to keep our kids safe." Sen. John S. Edwards (D-Roanoke) is considering running, but has not made a decision....

By Anita Kumar  |  February 10, 2009; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Congressmen Respond to Moran's JJ Speech

Two Virginia Democratic congressmen indicated today they were uncomfortable with Brian Moran's attacks on Terry McAuliffe at the state party's Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner Although he never mentioned McAuliffe by name, Moran took multiple swipes at McAuliffe. When asked if Moran's criticisms of McAuliffe during the dinner were appropriate, U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va) replied: "Primaries can be hard fought and rough-in-tumble affairs and my own experience is trying to stay positive is the better course in the long run." Connolly, who is neutral in the primary, declined further comment. U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott noted there was a smattering of boos when Moran stated during his speech, "We need a fighter, not a fundraiser." "Did you hear the public reaction?" Scott asked. "McAuliffe, and to a certain extent, Deeds were positive, had a positive agenda and Moran when he gave his criticisms he got booed. Have you...

By Tim Craig  |  February 9, 2009; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
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GOP Congressmen Apparently Boycott Kaine Event

Virginia Democratic leaders say the Republicans members of Virginia's congressional delegation boycotted a meeting with Gov. Timothy M. Kaine today at the Governor's Mansion. Kaine hosted the congressional delegation for an annual meeting to talk about state and federal issues. U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and James Webb, both Democrats, and five of the six Democratic House members from Virginia attended. But Kaine said the state's five GOP House members failed to show because the topic of the meeting was President Obama's proposed stimulus package. "Virginia has had a long history of bipartisan work when it comes to issues that transcends politics and affect the people of Virginia," Webb said. "This is the way that a delegation should work, and for the Republican members of this delegation to decide to boycott a meeting that would benefit their constituents through their participation is something that I think is very regrettable, and...

By Tim Craig  |  February 9, 2009; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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McAuliffe Celebrates Birthday By Raising Money

Terry McAuliffe, a Democratic candidate for governor, turns 52 today. To celebrate, McAuliffe will be hosting a "Birthday Bash" fundraiser Tuesday night at the Westin Arlington Gateway. Tickets range from $52 for "young professionals" to $5,200 for a host sponsor. Virginia politicians have been mixing birthdays and fundraisers for years. In September, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran celebrated his 49th birthday by hosting a fundraiser. Last year, Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, also a candidate for the nomination, held a $100 a plate fundraiser to celebrate his 50th birthday. Deeds turned 51 last month. There will also likely be plenty of GOP money raised around June 15. Both Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, the Republican nominee for governor, and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who is running for reelection, celebrate their birthdays on that day. Bolling will be turning 52 while McDonnell will be turning 55....

By Tim Craig  |  February 9, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
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Are Republicans Fundraising Too?

For weeks, Republican legislators have been attacking their Democratic colleagues for attending fundraisers during the annual legislative session. Now, Democrats are calling Republicans hypocrites for doing the same thing. Fliers being distributed at the state Capitol and notices on the Internet publicize several Lincoln-Reagan Day dinners this month featuring Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) and other delegates and senators. "It turns out that House Republicans may have been soliciting funds during session,'' said Jared Leopold, a spokesman for the state Democratic party. "It's time for House Republicans to stop the political games and start focusing on the issues that matter to middle-class families in Virginia." G. Paul Nardo, the speaker's chief of staff, said that when Howell saw his name on a draft flier of Stafford County's event he asked for it to be removed. Some of the fliers are still being distributed though....

By Anita Kumar  |  February 9, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Warner Ends Year With $1.1 Million in Bank

Sen. Mark R. Warner (D) spent $12.5 million last year in his successful campaign against Republican James S. Gilmore III, according to recently released campaign finance reports. But Warner still has $1.1 million in the bank, even though he is not up for reelection until 2014. Warner totally dominated Gilmore in the money race last year. Gilmore raised and spent about $2.4 million on his campaign. In the 11th Congressional District, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va) raised and spent about $2 million in his race. Connolly ended the year with $25,000 in the bank. In the 5th Congressional District, Rep Tom Perriello (D-Va.) raised and spent about $1.8 million in his surprise upset of former congressman Virgil Goode, a Republican. Goode raised $1.9 million, but still reports a balance of $165,000. Perriello won by just 727 votes, which raises the question of whether Goode could be prevailed if he had...

By Tim Craig  |  February 9, 2009; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moran Finds his Rhythm at JJ (But So Does McAuliffe)

At the Jefferson Jackson Day dinner last night, former delegate Brian Moran tried to pivot the race for the Democratic nomination for governor back on his terms, delivering a solid address that positioned himself as the politically mature, safe candidate in the race. In a speech that took a surprising number of swipes as his rival for the nomination, Terry McAuliffe, Moran argued the stakes are too high for Democrats to risk the party's future with the new kid on the block. "This campaign will be about who can win in November," Moran said. "It took us a generation to build this party. ... This was no overnight success -- the real leaders of our party served and fought for people first. " A few hours later, McAuliffe was trying to send a signal that he, not Moran, will be the one defining the terms of who prevails in the...

By Tim Craig  |  February 8, 2009; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
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