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McAuliffe urges support for Democratic Governors Association

Rosalind Helderman

We always knew former Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was tight with the Democratic Governors Association. After all, the group's chairman Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer endorsed McAuliffe for governor even before this year's Democratic primary for governor, while the organization as a whole was formally remaining neutral.

Today there's a sign that the closeness has not faded just because McAuliffe has returned to being a semi-private citizen. He sent out one of his periodic fundraising emails this morning--and this one is on behalf of the Democratic Governors Association.

The subject is the nation's 37 gubernatorial elections this year and why McAuliffe believes Democrats must be successful to prevent unfair redistricting after this year's census.

"As one of my supporters, I know you care about common sense and fair play. And if you care about what's going to happen to our country for the next 10 years, and beyond -- we need to stop the GOP from redistricting their way back into power," he writes.

The email is yet another sign--as if one were needed--that McAuliffe is not going anywhere. Could he be hoping the DGA returns the favor in four years?

Full email after the jump.

Dear XX,

You need to know -- a perfect storm is brewing. Two major events are converging this year that will impact our political landscape, and our lives, for the next decade -- or longer.

First, there are 37 governors' races -- a whopping 4 out of every 5 Americans will be choosing their governor. Second, a national census will be conducted which helps determine redistricting.

What does one have to do with the other? In almost every state, governors play a pivotal role in deciding where congressional lines are drawn -- and we know that Republicans won't hesitate to abuse that power. If we don't stop them now, we could see 25 to 30 congressional seats falling into GOP hands in 2012 without voters even knowing what happened.

That's why you need to know about the Democratic Governors Association (DGA). The DGA is the only organization focused entirely on protecting and electing Democratic governors -- and we know they will ensure a fair redistricting process.

Click here to learn more about the DGA and what's at stake in November's elections.

We all saw what happened in 2003 when Tom DeLay, with the help of a Republican governor, managed to successfully skew Texas' congressional delegation -- for no other reason than to give Republicans an advantage heading into the 2004 elections. Needless to say, it worked. Republicans gained 5 additional seats, solidifying GOP control of Congress in '04!

No wonder the chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, has been declaring that the GOP's comeback starts with the governors.
More Republican governors = more GOP congressional districts = more obstructionism = disaster in the making
As one of my supporters, I know you care about common sense and fair play. And if you care about what's going to happen to our country for the next 10 years, and beyond -- we need to stop the GOP from redistricting their way back into power.

That's why I urge you to learn more about what the DGA is doing to stop the GOP from pulling the wool over America's eyes.

Click here to find out the truth about what the GOP is planning and what the DGA is doing to stop them -- information you WON'T find anywhere else.

Without a doubt, this year's governors' elections are pivotal to the long-term direction our country takes -- which is why the GOP is launching an all-out battle to win as many races as possible.

And Barbour's RGA already has more money in the bank than it spent in all of 2006 when there were 36 governors' races!

It is going to take each and every concerned Democrat like you and me to stop the GOP from gerrymandering their way back into power. So please join me in supporting the DGA, and receive the latest information, straight from the source.

It's never too early to prepare for the coming storm.

Terry

P.S. The GOP has never been more confident that they can defeat us this November, especially since they turned Ted Kennedy's Massachusetts Senate seat red after 57 years in Democratic hands. With so much on the line, I hope you choose to stay informed and help spread the word about the DGA -- the more people in the know about the storm that is brewing, the better our chances of stopping the GOP from gerrymandering their way back into power. So please, sign up to get the latest updates from the DGA

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 1, 2010; 10:12 AM ET
Categories:  Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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Comments

It is clear Tmac is running for Governor again, I am just wondering which state he is targeting! Probably and unfortunatley Virginia.

Posted by: notjoeabbey | February 1, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

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