Look to Virginia for rising political stars
'Tis the season for end of year lists.
The NBC political team behind First Read, Mark Murray and Domenico Montanaro, is out today with their list of the top ten political risers, not just of 2009, but of the whole decade. And, wouldn't you know, three Virginians made the cut.
The two declared that "no current Republican congressman has risen so far, so fast" as Eric Cantor, and ranked him seventh on their list. Just behind him at number eight came Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine, who the pair note started the decade as the little-known mayor of Richmond and ended as a major state governor, vice presidential finalist and DNC chairman. "What's next?" they mused. Indeed.
Finally, Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell made the list at ninth, his recent electoral win making him "an instant star in his party" and "an automatic VP possibility (or higher?)" the two wrote.
To cap it off, both of Virginia's Democratic senators, Mark Warner and Jim Webb, were given honorable mentions. Is it any wonder following politics in Virginia is a blast?
Now how about a look ahead: What Virginia politicians do you think will the state's fastest climbers of the next 10 years? Leave your suggestions in the comments.
December 23, 2009; 4:21 PM ET
Categories: Eric Cantor , James Webb , Mark Warner , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine
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