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Kaine's farewell party

Anita Kumar

Outgoing governor Tim Kaine threw a party last night for the hundreds of people who have helped him and worked with him over his 16 years in office.

About 1,400 (no, that's not a typo) people turned out, including legislators, local elected officials, staffers, and friends he made as governor, lieutenant governor, Richmond mayor and city council member.

Guests included former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe; Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band; U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott; Creigh Deeds's campaign manager, Joe Abbey; Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones and his chief of staff, Suzette Denslow; former Kaine campaign manager Mike Henry; former finance secretary Jody Wagner; Norfolk Mayor Paul D. Fraim; lobbyist David Hallock; Doris Crouse-Mays of the Virginia AFL-CIO; and a host of legislators, including Del. Steve Shannon and Ken Alexander, chairman of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.

The event was held at the Hat Factory, a new club in the Shockoe Slip area in Richmond, not far from the executive mansion.

One of Kaine's sons introduced him. Kaine and first lady Anne Holton spoke. The Holmes Brothers entertained the crowd, who sipped on beer and wine.

Didn't score an invite? Neither did we. The event was closed to the media. (And as far as we know, the Salahis did not crash the party.)

Expect more farewell events from Kaine who leaves office Jan. 16 to become a full-time chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

He has already made the rounds to the editorial boards of the state's newspapers, including this one, and has schedule a slew of interviews with reporters at the end of the year.

By Anita Kumar  |  December 7, 2009; 2:47 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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January 17, 2010..........Virginia will turn back to the 18th century.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 7, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

It was a great event, Governor Kaine and First Lady, Anne Holton, as always were gracious and friendly.

Lots of pictures and dancing.

Posted by: totallynext | December 7, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

How nice of Tim Kaine to drop into Virginia to attend the party.

Posted by: Yankeesfan1 | December 8, 2009 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Tim Kaine is such a disappointment.

Posted by: blasmaic | December 8, 2009 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm sure it was a great event with lots of backslapping and self-congratulations. Might I dare ask, "For what?" Does this governor deserve any congratulations for anything? One of the worst governors in history has the audacity to throw himself a farewell party?

Actually, I'd attend a farewell party to do just that: TRULY bid this man a FAREWELL. As in, goodbye and I hope I never see you in any office of public trust ever again.
Great job, Timmy!

The 17-point McDonnell win was not only a rejection of this president's agenda, but a complete and utter repudiation of you and your "leadership." The end of your term cannot come soon enough. You are a complete failure at everything you touch.

Be GONE with you, already!

Posted by: Nixonin08 | December 8, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

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