McAuliffe Gets Some Obama Star Power
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, who has been hammered in recent days about his efforts to defeat Barack Obama in last year's presidential race, found a way to fight back today in a big way.
McAuliffe annnounced an endorsement from former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, one of Obama's earliest supporters and one of his national campaign co-chairmen.
"I was impressed by the time and energy Terry put into traveling across Virginia and the country on Barack Obama's behalf during the general election,'' Daschle said in a statement. "From the day Hillary Clinton ended her historic bid for president, Terry worked tirelessly to unify our party around Barack Obama and get him elected President. His energy and enthusiasm were tremendous assets on the campaign trail and we were grateful to have him on our side.
Rival Brian Moran has attacked McAuliffe for his work as Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman and just yesterday unveiled a radio ad that declared "If Terry McAuliffe had his way, Barack Obama wouldn't be our president today."
Obama mominated Daschle to serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, but he eventually withdrew his name amid a growing controversy over his failure to accurately report and pay income taxes.
Daschle's son, Nathan, now works as the executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, which is expected to pour millions of dollars and extensive resources to keep a Democrat in the Virginia's governor's mansion.
The DGA has already put more than $2 million into the race. The DGA does not endorse a candidate in the June 9 primary, but is working to discredit Republican nominee Bob McDonnell.
May 18, 2009; 2:26 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe
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