Kaine's farewell party
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.
December 7, 2009; 2:47 PM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine
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