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Kaine Curbs DNC Travel

Anita Kumar

View Kaine's Travel Adventures in a larger map. KEY: Blue markers are DNC trips, red markers are official state trips, and purple markers included a mix of both or are unclear at this time.

Facing yet another budget shortfall and continued criticism for his trips on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, Gov. Tim Kaine significantly limited his out-of-state travel last month.

Kaine's office released his travels for August in keeping with his pledge to do so at the end of each month, which was made following pressure by the media and others to disclose his whereabouts.

His out-of-state travel included trips to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket (Aug. 1-2), to New Jersey (Aug. 20) and Louisville, Nashville and Birmingham (Aug. 27-29).

By comparison, Kaine traveled for the DNC half of the days in June. He reported traveling to eight other states in July while spending part of four days in Washington that month.

Kaine told us in July that he typically spends one day a week traveling and half a day working at the party's headquarters in Washington. In August, he reported spending only part of the 25th Washington.

Much of the August out-of-state travel was likely for DNC business, but may have been in his role as governor or for both jobs. The travel log does not indicate the purpose of the trips. Kaine also spent one week on vacation at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 1, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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