McAuliffe Picks Up Support from Bloggers
The three Democratic activists and bloggers who founded the "Draft James Webb" movement in 2006, which arguably is one of the reasons Democrats won back control of the U.S. Senate that year, announced today they are endorsing Terry McAuliffe's bid for the Democratic nomination for governor.
In a posting on the Blue Virginia blog, Josh Chernila, Lee Diamond and Lowell Feld said they are impressed with McAuliffe's message and his chances for success this fall against former attorney general Robert F. McDonnell, the GOP nominee.
"McAuliffe has a solid grasp of issues, takes strong progressive stands and is able to communicate and fund his message," Chernila said.
In recent months, McAuliffe has been making an aggressive push to win over liberal bloggers in Virginia, a state with some of the most active state-level Democratic blogs in the country.
Feld was one the founders and longtime keepers of the popular Raising Kaine blog, which disbanded after the November 2008 election. Feld, a longtime party activist, now operates the Blue Virginia blog. Feld said he finds McAuliffe to be an "engaging, smart determined, focused, positive person" and also a "surprisingly strong pragmatic progressive with a working-class, populist streak."
In 2006, liberal bloggers played a crucial role in not only urging Webb to seek the Democratic nomination but also in helping him to defeat attorney Harris Miller in the Democratic primary.
Last year, however, many of the state's liberal bloggers aggressively supported Leslie Byrne instead of U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) in the race for the Democratic nomination in the 11th Congressional District. Connolly easily won that race.
Another Democratic blogger who played a big role in both the Webb and Byrne races, Ben Tribbett of the Not Larry Sabato blog, appears to be so far neutral in the governor's race.
Despite McAuliffe's success in winning over some Virginia bloggers, several well-known national progressive bloggers, including Markos Moulitsas of the influential Daily Kos, have been very critical of his candidacy.
"I'm officially against him," Moulitsas wrote in a posting in November.
March 12, 2009; 10:33 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig
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