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Kaine Goes Hollywood

Anita Kumar

Gov. and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine will lead a diverse of group of Hollywood stars in helping to pick a 30-second commercial that will air nationally promoting healthcare reform.

Judges include musician Will.I.Am, actors John Cho, Dulé Hill and Brandon Routh, actresses Rosario Dawson, Kate Walsh and Olivia Wilde and 'Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane.

Organizing for America sent an email to members soliciting videos ads that would explain the need for healthcare reform. Submissions will be accepted until Oct. 18. A winner will be announced in next month.

The state GOP, which has been critical of Kaine's role as party leader, immediately seized on the issue as an example of the governor paying more attention to national politics, than Virginia.

"You really can't make this stuff up," said Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. "You've heard people say, 'Oh, that story is so crazy, it's not even believable enough for Hollywood. Well, Tim Kaine ought to run his recent activities past his committee and see if they would sign off on the script. I'll bet he wouldn't get any takers."

The DNC referred calls for comment to state party officials, but they naturally only wanted to talk about Republican Bob McDonnell: "What you can't make up is a party that would put forward a candidate for governor who thinks women shouldn't work outside the home, and thinks that's main stream,'' said Allison Jaslow, party spokeswoman.

By Anita Kumar  |  October 8, 2009; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Seth MacFarlane? I understand that he is going to have manatees make the decision for him...

Posted by: JTR555 | October 8, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

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