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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 02/11/2011

Competing efforts launched to draft Democrats for Virginia Senate run

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Rosalind S. Helderman

The chairman of the Montgomery County, Va. Democratic committee has launched an Internet effort to convince former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) to run for the Senate seat that will become open with U.S. Sen. Jim Webb's retirement in 2012.

Steve Cochran said he hopes www.draftkaine.com and an accompanying Facebook page will demonstrate to the national Democratic Committee Chairman that he has support among grassroots party members in the state and help persuade him to jump into the race.

Cochran's effort is one of a number of online efforts designed to rustle up a Democratic candidate who could defeat former Sen. George Allen, assuming Allen survives his own Republican primary campaign.

Kaine had said repeatedly that he was not interested in running for the seat. But those comments came before Webb's announcement earlier this week that will not run run for reelection. Many Democrats hope the former governor will change his mind and decide to run, particularly if encouraged by President Obama, with whom he is close.

Activists have also started an Internet effort to convince former Rep. Tom Perriello (D) to seek the seat.

Steve Cochran, chairman of the county committee, said he hopes to get several hundred people on board a facebook page to convince Kaine to run before Democrats gather in Richmond Feb. 200 for their annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. He said he supports Perriello and would like to see him run if Kaine decides not to seek the seat. But he said he believes Kaine, whom he has known since he was mayor of Richmond, has the best chance of helping Democrats hang on to the Senate seat in the key battleground state.

"I feel like Tim is not only a very high quality person, but he did an outstanding job as governor," Cochran said. "He has name recognition statewide, and he's the best person to raise the money."

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 11, 2011; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  George F. Allen, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, Tom Perriello  
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Grassroots in VA turned to only one person, Perriello.

Within moments of Webb's announcement a twitter, facebook and web page petition formed to get Perriello to run.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | February 11, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

How about some facts, WaPo?

Such as: whose is the larger group?

Posted by: TeddySanFran | February 11, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Tom Perriello's group has over 4 times as many members and Tim Kaine's group received 6 times as many paragraphs in this piece. Virginians know Tim Kaine. Not everyone knows Tom Perriello, but almost everyone who knows him has a deep respect for his principled stands,his close connection with his constituents, and his remarkable political skills. You should give Virginians more of a chance to get to know Tom Perriello and make it clear he has grassroots support. Otherwise, your readers will be under the false impression that Democrats will lose Virginia without Tim Kaine.

Posted by: wcampb17 | February 11, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

O.k....the MERE FACT that Cochran said. "He has name recognition statewide, and he's the best person to raise the money." tells us EVERYTHING about Kaine...

That is the difference between someone that has the power to get money fast, as opposed to someone that has the power to get the people behind him. Kaine - money. TOM PERRIELLO - people!! Why, you ask?

Because Tom Perriello works for the people, he doesn't work to see how much $$ he can 'bring in.' He's all about jobs.

Tom Perriello is a YALE graduate in Law. He can work ANYWHERE and make fat cash!! But, instead, do you know what he's doing right now?? He is in Darfur helping those who can't help themselves. He's not here building a website like Kaine (no offense)...

I'm for TOM PERRIELLO!! Good luck, sir.

(P.S. I am probably your first, but not your last REPUBLICAN fan!!)

Oh, and shame on Rosalind S. Helderman for having her blog so one sided... I'm a professional journalist (TV anchor) and know the difference between a 'blog' and publicity for Kaine...

Shame, Shame... I only hope you spend the same amount of space for Tom Perriello. (Hint - Hint)

Posted by: sleeplessn2006 | February 11, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

O.k....the MERE FACT that Cochran said. "He has name recognition statewide, and he's the best person to raise the money." tells us EVERYTHING about Kaine...

That is the difference between someone that has the power to get money fast, as opposed to someone that has the power to get the people behind him. Kaine - money. TOM PERRIELLO - people!! Why, you ask?

Because Tom Perriello works for the people, he doesn't work to see how much $$ he can 'bring in.' He's all about jobs.

Tom Perriello is a YALE graduate in Law. He can work ANYWHERE and make fat cash!! But, instead, do you know what he's doing right now?? He is in Darfur helping those who can't help themselves. He's not here building a website like Kaine (no offense)...

I'm for TOM PERRIELLO!! Good luck, sir.

(P.S. I am probably your first, but not your last REPUBLICAN fan!!)

Oh, and shame on Rosalind S. Helderman for having her blog so one sided... I'm a professional journalist (TV anchor) and know the difference between a 'blog' and publicity for Kaine...

Shame, Shame... I only hope you spend the same amount of space for Tom Perriello. (Hint - Hint)

Posted by: sleeplessn2006 | February 11, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

O.k....the MERE FACT that Cochran said. "He has name recognition statewide, and he's the best person to raise the money." tells us EVERYTHING about Kaine...

That is the difference between someone that has the power to get money fast, as opposed to someone that has the power to get the people behind him. Kaine - money. TOM PERRIELLO - people!! Why, you ask?

Because Tom Perriello works for the people, he doesn't work to see how much $$ he can 'bring in.' He's all about jobs.

Tom Perriello is a YALE graduate in Law. He can work ANYWHERE and make fat cash!! But, instead, do you know what he's doing right now?? He is in Darfur helping those who can't help themselves. He's not here building a website like Kaine (no offense)...

I'm for TOM PERRIELLO!! Good luck, sir.

(P.S. I am probably your first, but not your last REPUBLICAN fan!!)

Oh, and shame on Rosalind S. Helderman for having her blog so one sided... I'm a professional journalist (TV anchor) and know the difference between a 'blog' and publicity for Kaine...

Shame, Shame... I only hope you spend the same amount of space for Tom Perriello. (Hint - Hint)

Posted by: sleeplessn2006 | February 11, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

You say that "activists" are trying to convince Perriello to run?

These people are voters, former constituents of Tom's, and people who admire his principles and legislating style.

We are more than activists: we are Virginians who want to see Tom Perriello continue Jim Webb's good work in the Senate.

Posted by: mskarlik | February 11, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Tim Kaine is alright but having been represented by both Perriello and Kaine, I'd lay down in traffic to have Tom Perriello represent me in the senate. He's AWESOME. There is not another politician to whom I would give my hours as a volunteer.

This is a puff piece for Kaine. Even though more people know Kaine, Perriello has way more grassroots support. Just wait till more folks get to know him

GO TOM GO!!!!

Posted by: scottsville | February 11, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame you didn't devote more than two sentences to the grassroots efforts to draft Tom Perriello to seek this Senate seat. Petitions were up online within 2 hours of Sen. Webb announcing his retirement in 2012. Tom has more grassroots support than Mr. Kaine. Tom is a thoughtful, intelligent, dedicated individual who will represent Virginia with honor and integrity. It would be kind of you to give him and the grassroots efforts for him as much coverage as you have those political insiders who are pushing a Kaine candidacy.

Posted by: pontoon | February 11, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Tim Kaine is too obvious of a choice. Democrats won with Jim Webb because he had something for everybody -- the anti-war majority liked his old op-ed against invading Iraq. Military people liked his promise of the GI Bill and his military background. Then Webb remembered his campaign promises to people who elected him.

Kaine's history is entirely different. His support base eroded after he was elected governor because he was too weak to take a stand on issues important to his base. He isn't a good campaigner, would rather talk to the press than regular people. If Democrats win, it'll be by finding someone who better represents everyone's interests, and who's comfortable getting out there shaking hands.

Democrats can't count on George Allen being nominated again, they may have some serious competition that hasn't been pre-treated by Webb.

Posted by: poliguru | February 14, 2011 6:42 AM | Report abuse

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