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Kaine, McDonnell bump into each other

Anita Kumar

Talk about your chance encounter in the hallway.

First, Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell (R) ran into House Speaker Bill Howell (R) in the state Capitol this afternoon. Then, a couple minutes later, McDonnell ran into Gov. Tim Kaine (D) just as the incoming governor was about to speak to 60 reporters and editors at the annual AP Day at the Capitol in Richmond.

The two men, both accompanied by entourages, greeted each other warmly and shared a few words -- some we could hear, some we couldn't.

Kaine, who has spoken at his share of AP Days, was heading into a meeting across the hall of the Council on Virginia's Future, composed of business leaders and legislators. (That's where Howell was headed, too.)

"Are you going to face the throng?" Kaine asked McDonnell as photographers snapped shots of the two men.

McDonnell reminded Kaine that four years ago, Kaine spoke to the same group and told them he would make good on a campaign promise to seek legislation that would give local governments more power to control growth, despite opposition from the development and home-building industry.

"I'm a lover, not a fighter," Kaine said at the time. McDonnell told Kaine he might borrow that line.

"Go get 'em,'' Kaine told McDonnell before he headed in to face the roomful of journalists for an hour-long discussion at an event sponsored by the Associated Press, the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Kaine's wife, Anne Holton, and McDonnell's wife, Maureen, met this morning for an hour.

Later, McDonnell met with House GOP leaders, including Howell, Majority Leader Morgan Griffith (also in town for the Council on Virginia's Future meeting), Majority Whip Kirk Cox (who spoke at AP Day) and Caucus Chairman Sam Nixon.

By Anita Kumar  |  December 8, 2009; 3:54 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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