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McCain to raise cash for Moran challenger

Ben Pershing

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will pay a political visit to Alexandria next week, joining an all-star team of GOP lobbyists to raise money for 8th district congressional candidate Patrick Murray.

McCain is the headline attraction at Monday night's fundraiser for Murray, a former U.S. Army colonel now mounting a long-shot bid to unseat Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D). The event will be held at the Alexandria home of Susan and David Hirschmann. Susan Hirschmann is a lobbyist with Williams & Jensen who served as top aide to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) when DeLay was House Majority Whip, while David Hirschmann is a senior vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The host committee also includes Charlie Black, a former McCain presidential campaign adviser and head of the lobbying form Prime Policy Group; Altria lobbyist Bruce Gates and his wife Joyce Gates, a former chief of staff to current House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio); Orson Swindle, a former Federal Trade Commission commissioner* and cellmate of McCain's cellmate at a Vietnamese POW camp; and Alexandria City Council member Frank Fannon. "Benefactors" at the event will pay $2,400 apiece. "Hosts" owe $1,000 each and a "guest" can get in for $250.

Murray needs all the help he can get. As of June 30 he had just $30,000 in the bank and had raised less than $100,000 for the cycle (he defeated the better-funded Matthew Berry in the June 8 Republican primary). Moran, meanwhile had $582,000 on hand as of June 30.

The 8th district heavily favors Democrats. President Obama beat McCain in the district in 2008 race, 69 percent to 30 percent, and Moran won reelection that year by almost the exact same margin.

*CORRECTION: The original version of this post incorrectly referred to Orson Swindle as a former lobbyist. Swindle is a former official at the law and lobbying firm Hunton & Williams, but was never himself a registered lobbyist.

By Ben Pershing  |  September 17, 2010; 12:48 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Election 2010 , James P. Moran Jr. , John McCain  
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Swells, pols and lobbyists.

How maverick-y.

Posted by: krickey7 | September 17, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Ben, We Independent Greens have a candidate in the race for the 8th District, Ron "for Rail" Fisher. Please include him in your coverage of this race. Our other candidates are:
1st District, retired AF vet Gail “for Rail” Parker
2nd District, retired Navy Captain Kenny Golden
3rd retired U.S. Air Force vet John Kelly
4th realtor Janet Murphy
5th businessman Jeff Clark
6th Harvard grad, Professor Jeff Vanke
7th businessman Floyd Bayne
8th retired Navy Captain Ron “for Rail” Fisher
9th businessman, U.S. Army vet Jeremiah Heaton
10th accountant Bill Redpath
11th realtor Dave “for Rail” Gillis
Gail "for Rail" Parker
Vice-Chair, Independent Greens of Virginia

Posted by: GGailParker | September 18, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

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