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Cranwell Will Seek Reelection As Party Chair

Tim Craig

C. Richard Cranwell, the chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party, has decided he will seek reelection as chairman when the state central committee meets in June.

Cranwell initially had been planning on giving up the job he's held since 2005. But in a letter to Democratic officials sent today, Cranwell said he wants to run again because it is a "critical time in Virginia history."

"This November, we will face a stark choice between one of the three qualified Democrats who will continue to move Virginia forward and a Republican candidate who threatens to move us back to the failed days of the Gilmore administration," Cranwell wrote.

Cranwell also appears to be taking advantage of the upheaval within the Republican Party of Virginia.

During Cranwell's tenure at DPV, the state GOP has had five chairmen. Now, party leaders including former attorney general Robert F. McDonnell (R) are trying to oust Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (Prince William), the current GOP chairman, and replace him with someone else.

"Hopefully, my decision is a reflection of stability within the party and confidence in our message," said Cranwell, an attorney who served in the House of Delegates from 1972 to 2001.

Since Cranwell took over, Virginia Democrats have won the 2005 governor's race and have picked up two U.S. Senate seats, three congressional seats, control of the state Senate and more than a half-dozen House seats. Last year, President Obama also became the first Democratic presidential nominee in 44 years to carry Virginia.

By Tim Craig  |  March 11, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
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Of course the funny thing here is that Dicky Cranwell was the underlying cause of all the problems faced by the Gilmore Administration. Rather than give money back to the people like Gilmore wanted to do, Dicky Cranwell caused so much in-fighting and complaining to occur in the General Assembly that it screwed everything up back then. Not to mention paving the way for the $20 Billion in increased spending under Warner and Kaine that has left Virginia more than $6 Billion in the hole during the current economic down-turn. Yeah...way to go're definitely the best thing for Virginia!

Posted by: VaCommonSenseConservative | March 11, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

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