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Candidates mingle at bloggers conference

Anita Kumar

Did you know there's a Republican New Media Caucus in Congress? Neither did we.

But one of the group's chairmen -- Virginia's own U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R) -- was on hand to speak to dozens of bloggers today at the Blogs United conference at Christopher Newport University in Newport News.

Also at the conference, a slew of congressional candidates, mingling with bloggers and others, as they try to kick off their 2010 campaigns:

Five candidates in two of the state's hottest races turned out: Republicans Scott Rigell , Ken Golden, Scott Taylor and Ben Loyola are vying to replace U.S. Rep. Glenn Nye (D) in Hampton Roads while Michael McPadden is one of the many Republicans looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello (D).

Also on hand: Democrats Scott Robinson and Krystal Ball looking to replace Wittman and Republican Coby Dillard running against U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D) in district 3, which includes Richmond and parts of Hampton Roads.

Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell was invited the conference, but was unable to attend.

(Full disclosure: I participated on a panel with other reporters from the Virginia capitol press corps on the role of media blogs.)

By Anita Kumar  |  November 21, 2009; 3:56 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2010 , Glenn Nye , Robert F. McDonnell , Tom Perriello  
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Comments

You should have posted about this before the conference so readers could have gone to it.

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | November 22, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for this interesting post. I'm a resident of the First District of Virginia. Cong Wittman is a very good fellow who used to have strong environmental leanings. Since he's gotten to Congress, he's considerably less so these days, and more follows the Repuglican orthodoxy on most issues (not all thankfully, but most). Krystal Ball is a very bright young person with lots of energy and great ideas focused on making life better for the average Joe. It'll be great to see how the 2010 campaign plays out.

Posted by: giniajim | November 23, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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