Moran Snags A Kennedy
Another Kennedy is announcing support for Brian Moran's campaign for governor. Already, Ethel Kennedy, Robert F.'s widow, has announced she will host a Moran fundraiser later this month. Now, U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy is backing the Massachusetts-born former delegate as well.
In a statement, Kennedy said that Moran is the one candidate in the race that "represents the same values, the same principles, and the same ideals that I have stood and fought for throughout my career in public service."
The campaign is already becoming a battle of Democratic big names--Terry McAuliffe campaigned again this week with friend former President Bill Clinton. But Moran's camp clearly hopes the Kennedy name will carry special weight with Democratic activists, especially those who recall the influence of the Kennedy endorsement last year for Barack Obama in the heat of his campaign with Hillary Clinton.
"Virginia's next Governor will need the empathy to understand the hardships working families face every day and the strength to fight for those families," Kennedy said. "For two decades, Brian Moran has built his career on compassion and strength. He has fought to preserve our environment, to raise the minimum wage, to expand healthcare, and to pay our teachers better. Despite often facing daunting odds, he has embraced each challenge and never faltered in his commitment to the people of Virginia."
Sen. Ted Kennedy, Patrick's father, has not endorsed in the race and, given his failing health, may be unlikely to do so.
May 15, 2009; 9:29 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe
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