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McAuliffe to campaign with former rival Moran

Rosalind Helderman

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe will be campaigning next week in Arlington with his former rival Del. Brian Moran.

It's an interesting bit of fence-mending for the former Democratic National Committee chairman, whose race for the gubernatorial nomination with Moran last year got pretty nasty. (Both were defeated by state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, who then went on to lose to Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) in the November general election.)

McAuliffe's been traveling the state for months building support among local Democrats with a possible retry in 2013 in mind. (You can see a map of McAuliffe's travels here, on his surprisingly candidate-like personal website.)

Now Brian Moran is seeking to become the next chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, when former Del. Richard Cranwell steps down after five years at the party's helm next month.

Former state party chairman Paul Goldman questioned earlier this week whether Moran would be a good choice, given the past bad blood between McAuliffe and him. Many people assume McAuliffe will be the party's nominee for the governor's mansion in three years and, if he is, he will certainly need a good working relationship with the party if he wants to win back the state's top job from the GOP.

But Moran and McAuliffe appear to be playing well together. They'll appear jointly, along with former lieutenant governor candidate Mike Signer, at an Arlington Young Democrats Happy Hour on Wednesday.

The three are trying to get the county's young Democrats to make 1,000 phone calls on behalf of Brian's brother Rep. Jim Moran (D), Rep. Tom Perriello (D) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D).

McAuliffe also be campaigning with Rep. Glenn Nye (D) on Sunday.

By Rosalind Helderman  | October 15, 2010; 1:33 PM ET
Categories:  Brian J. Moran, Rosalind Helderman, Terry McAuliffe  
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