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Moran lays out his case for Democratic chairman

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Former gubernatorial candidate and Alexandria delegate Brian Moran sent a letter to supporters Monday morning outlining the reasons he thinks he should be elected chairman of the state Democratic Party next month.

"As a former Caucus Chairman I have a proven record of successful fundraising, recruiting and supporting candidates throughout Virginia from Scott County to Virginia Beach,'' he wrote. "I have been traveling Virginia since 2002 working with local chairs, volunteers and grassroots activists, as well as donors. I know Southwest Virginia doesn't end in Roanoke and each community has their own unique challenges and strengths.

Former Arlington County Democratic Committee chairman Peter Rousselot announced Thursday that he would challenge Moran, with the backing of grass-roots activists. Moran was urged to run for party chairman by Sen. Mark R. Warner (D) and former governor Timothy M. Kaine, now chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Moran has said he welcomed the competition. "I think it's great - the Democratic Party is alive and well,'' he said. "We're a vibrant party."

On Dec. 4, the Democratic State Central Committee will meet in Newport News to pick a replacement for Richard Cranwell, who is stepping down after leading the party for five years.

Read Moran's full letter below:

Good Morning,

I write to you to express my intent to run for Chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia. When my good friend Dickie Cranwell announced he was going to retire as Chairman, I thought back to the time I served with him in the House of Delegates. Joining the House as a freshman Delegate in 1996, I was fortunate to serve in the Democratic majority under Majority Leader Cranwell. His dedication and service to the Democratic Party of Virginia has been truly remarkable, giving decades of his life for the greater good.

After Dickie left the House in 2001, we experienced the worst losses Democrats in Virginia had ever seen. Partisan redistricting and losses at the ballot box reduced our numbers to 34, leaving us without many of our long-serving leaders. It was a tough time to be a Democrat in Virginia.

When you're dealt a significant blow, it's not about how you fall but how you get back up. I ran for House Caucus Chair during a time that was tough to be a Democrat. But I knew that if we could come together to build a winning strategy, a stronger community of Democratic leaders and grassroots activists across the state, and a clear mission for the party, we would be able to take back the House.

Over the course of three elections, we came together and fought our way back. I was proud of the work we did, and after the 2007 elections, we got within striking distance of our mission to take back the House. Democrats managed to win in areas where critics didn't think we could - Loudoun, Virginia Beach, Prince William and Lynchburg. These gains didn't happen overnight. They only occurred with strong candidates, strategic thinking, statewide teamwork and a lot of old-fashioned shoe leather.

I am ready to take that challenge on again.

Last week, our party lost races that reminded me of those early days in the House of Delegates. We lost great public servants in a wave that swept the country. Congressmen Boucher, Perriello and Nye have my respect and admiration. They have done incredible work in their time in Congress, and I am looking forward to their continuing roles in our party. We also saw strong runs from the future of our party in candidates like Krystal Ball, Rick Waugh, Wynne LeGrow and Jeff Barnett. In a better year, any one of these candidates could have won. Unfortunately, these losses are distinct reminders that we need to come together as a state party to make sure this sort of red wave never sweeps Virginia again.

With a great strategy, a strong community and hard work, we will be able re-elect Jim Webb and President Barack Obama. We can take back the seats we lost on November 2nd while re-electing Gerry Connolly, Bobby Scott and my brother, Jim Moran. I will work with Senators Dick Saslaw and Mary Margaret Whipple to keep and expand our majority in the State Senate. I will work together with Delegates Ward Armstrong and Ken Plum to take the majority in the House of Delegates and, with all of us pitching in, we can win back the Governor's Mansion.

These may seem like lofty goals to some, but with successful candidate recruitment, strong messaging, working with the grassroots, local committees and fundraising, I know these are all within our reach.

As a former Caucus Chairman I have a proven record of successful fundraising, recruiting and supporting candidates throughout Virginia from Scott County to Virginia Beach. I have been traveling Virginia since 2002 working with local chairs, volunteers and grassroots activists, as well as donors. I know Southwest Virginia doesn't end in Roanoke and each community has their own unique challenges and strengths.

Our success will depend on our continued passion and commitment to our democratic ideals. Starting now, the Democratic Party of Virginia needs to go on the offensive. I know what it is like to take on the Republican Party. Now is the time for us to fight back.

I hope you'll join me in this fight as your Chairman of the Democratic
Party of Virginia.


Brian Moran

By Anita Kumar  | November 8, 2010; 11:25 AM ET
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Compromise on drilling and nuclear power only made the GOP and FAUX news attack Democrats even more while GOP & FAUX bent over themselves apologizing to BP. Stop compromising and end the farce. The GOP wants nothing more than high unemployment in order to boost their political and financial fortunes. Stop their Goose-stepping on American job growth in favor of Tax cuts for Billionaires.

Bending over for, and kowtowing to the GOP is why less voters went to the polls. Fighting for the Rich at the expense of the middle class and poor betrays their trust in you and other Democrats who do the same. If you support tax cuts for the rich, the middle class and poor will not bother to vote and canvass. Look at the facts: most young voters didn’t even bother to vote this election cycle. They are too busy looking for jobs that don’t exist because the wealthiest are paying little to nothing in taxes, which would otherwise be invested in job creation.

Defeat attempts to cut social security benefits and you win an entire demographic.

Defeat attempts to give tax cuts to the rich and the wealthiest oil and coal industries at the expense of jobs for the middle class and you win another demographic.

Defeat attempts to block immigration reform and you win another demographic.

Defeat attempt to block gun regulation and accountability and you win another demographic.

Defeat attempts to block clean energy and infrastructure jobs and you win another demographic.

Be bold and true to your core beliefs or get out of the way. You cannot please everyone so you may as well choose the path of righteousness for the middle class and poor. The wealthy have already declared war, won it, and planted their flags in your backsides. Buck up, man up, and cowboy up!!

Posted by: Airborne82 | November 8, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh, lord and just as we get the news that Jer Canoli (connolly) is out running around loose again having been released from the hospital Friday, we hear this stuff about the bad boy of the Congress.

Did you know you can accuse this man of wife beating, child molestation, public drunkeness, fighting, aggravated mopery and a whole host of other crimes, high crimes and misdemeanors AND they'll do little more than send you bedbug #8.

If the Democrats want to give up all the other elective offices they hold in Virginia just make Moran the party chairman ~ and put Canoli in charge of the party finances.

Oh, yes, Republicans pray for this day and night.

Posted by: muawiyah | November 8, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

muawiyah, nice rant. But this article is about BRIAN Moran, not Jim Moran. You must have been a supporter of Patrick Murray. With people like you supporting him, no wonder he got thumped.

Posted by: theruffs | November 9, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

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