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Former Va. Gov. Doug Wilder calls on Kaine to resign as DNC chair

Rosalind Helderman

Former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder is causing trouble for his Democratic party once again. This time, he's urging President Obama to majorly shake up his staff, and called on Tim Kaine to resign as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

In a bylined column in Politico, Wilder writes that Obama needs to dismiss the "admittedly brilliant advisers who helped elect him with others more capable of helping him govern."

And on the topic of Kaine, whom Wilder notes he supported for mayor of Richmond, governor of Virginia and vice president of the United States when Obama was considering him for the job, Wilder is harsh.

Republicans are surely going to remind voters, nationwide, that Chairman Kaine tried to balance his budget in his last days as governor by proposing a $1 billion-plus personal income tax increase. This measure was "shot down" in the first week of the legislative session with not a single person, including Democrats, voting for it (0-97). Even the patron of the bill abstained.

Kaine's recommendation to the Justice Department to transfer one of Virginia's inmates to a federal jurisdiction, and ultimately to Germany, for possible parole in two years was almost immediately withdrawn by the incoming Republican governor and Republican attorney general. Because of the serious nature of these heinous murders and the clearest evidence of guilt, many are still asking why.

Is that who this president wants to be arm in arm with as we enter a pivotal election year? For his sake, it shouldn't be. The president has enough to worry about and defend without this detracting sideshow as to feckless party leadership.

Wilder is the most prominent Democrat yet to call for Kaine's resignation.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 9, 2010; 3:35 PM ET
Categories:  Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine  
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