Kaine and The Men Who Want to Replace Him
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) said this week that he told all three Democratic candidates for govenor -- Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe and former delegate Brian Moran -- that he will make himself available to them if they need campaign advice.
But in an interview with Washington Post reporters and editors, Kaine, the new DNC chairman, said he plans to stay neutral in the race until after the June 9 primary.
What about Republican gubernatorial nominee Robert F. McDonnell?
Kaine said that he and McDonnell had a good working relationship before McDonnell resigned last week as attorney general to campaign full time.
He said McDonnell even called him before President Obama's historic inauguration last month to ask for tickets for him and his family. "I'm just glad he wanted to go,'' Kaine said.
McDonnell, who talks frequently about how well he and Kaine worked together, said he knows things are about to change.
"Our relationship will change a little bit because his main mission in life is to beat me,'' McDonnell quipped.. "That will probably strain out friendship."
February 28, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe , Timothy M. Kaine
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