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Moran on DPVA chairmanship: 'I am interested'

Rosalind Helderman

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Alexandria delegate Brian Moran confirms Wednesday morning that he's interested in succeeding Richard Cranwell as chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia.

In an interview, Moran said he will seek the chairmanship when the Democratic State Central Committee meets Dec. 3. Cranwell announced Tuesday that he will step down after leading the party for five years.

"I believe it would be an opportunity to serve Virginia and the Democratic Party," said Moran, who now works for the Career College Association.

But Moran was cagey on the topic. For instance, have Sen. Mark Warner (D) and Gov. Tim Kaine (D) been working to secure the job for him?

"I would welcome their support. I think they've served Virginia extremely well," is all Moran would say. "Right now we're concentrating on Nov. 2. We need to spend time on Nov. 2."

What about Warner's contention in a statement Tuesday that the party's chairman should be someone who does not plan to seek statewide office in 2013. Does that describe Moran?

"There are a number of ways to serve Virginia without being in elected office," he said, but refused to rule out another run. "This isn't about me running or not -- it's about Nov. 2."

And the possibility that he could face competition for the job from state Sen. Don McEachin (D), who said in a statement Tuesday that he's considering seeking the job?

"Don and I have been long-time friends. I respect him a great deal. Right now, our concentration should be on Nov. 2," he said.

And the left-leaning blogs that have suggested he might not be a good choice for the job?

"Their energy and focus should be devoted to Nov. 2," he said.

Okay, so fine. He really wants to talk about the upcoming congressional midterm elections, when four Virginia incumbents are facing tough challenges.

"Despite the difficult environment, you have very competitive races. This has always has been a competitive state. I like our chances," he said.

By Rosalind Helderman  | October 13, 2010; 10:40 AM ET
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