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First Click - Virginia

Amy Gardner

Greetings, fellow travelers!

So have you heard the news about Phil Hamilton? Kidding. It is the dog days of summer, after all, so unfortunately for Hamilton and the GOP, this story is not going away if the Democrats can help it. Virtually every major newspaper and television station in the state has covered, over the past 24 hours, Hamilton's ethics controversy, the growing chorus of Republicans and Democrats calling for his resignation, his refusal to comply, and the secret ethics investigation that is about to start.

Here's an interesting look at Speaker William J. Howell's decision to ask for the probe. One question I've not seen answered: Even if Hamilton wins, does he keep his leadership post on the House Appropriations Committee? And if not, what value is he then to the voters of Newport News?

But enough about that. In gubernatorial news, Republican Robert F. McDonnell takes a break from his statewide RV tour to accept an endorsement in Richmond from a "major Virginia business association." Deeds's public appearances are done for the day; he did two radio interviews this morning and that's all. And his campaign blog STILL says "Find out where Creigh will be this weekend!" Meaning LAST weekend. Time to update the schedule, folks.

McDonnell debuted a new TV ad yesterday in which he promises to be the energy and jobs governor. The pro-McDonnell PAC Virginia Common Sense is also going up on the air, and we know how the group is paying for it now, too: with a massive influx of cash from the Republican Governors Association.

Meanwhile, the political theater continued on the national stage with two raucus town hall meetings on health care reform hosted by Democratic congressmen in Northern Virginia yesterday.

That's all for today. Happy Wednesday!

By Amy Gardner  |  August 26, 2009; 7:19 AM ET
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , First Click  
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