Kaine to appear at Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson dinner
Tim Kaine, former Virginia governor and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will appear at the Virginia Democrats' annual black-tie Jefferson-Jackson dinner Saturday.
It's unclear whether that means Kaine is leaning toward running for U.S. Sen. Jim Webb's seat or not. Virginia Democrats have spent months trying to work with Kaine's schedulers to make him available to attend.
Kaine is the first choice for many Democrats for the U.S. Senate, but the former Virginia governor previously said he was not interested in running. Some think he will change his mind if President Obama asks him to run.
Some expect Kaine to make a decision on the Senate race before Saturday, the largest fundraiser for the Democratic Party of Virginia this year.
About 1,500 activists from across the state are expected at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, the new chairman of the Democratic Governors Association whose national profile has been on the rise since his November reelection, will serve as keynote speaker.
"Virginia plays a central role in our national politics and is one of the only states with major elections in 2011,'' O'Malley said. "I'm looking forward to talking with Democratic activists in Virginia about how Democratic governors are working to create jobs and expand opportunity for the citizens in our states."
Defeated congressmen Glenn Nye and Tom Perriello will join their former colleagues, including Reps. Gerry Connolly, Jim Moran and Bobby Scott, at the dinner. Terry McAuliffe, the 2009 gubernatorial candidate looking to make another run at the Governor's Mansion in 2013, will also be there.
Sen. Mark R. Warner will miss his second Jefferson-Jackson dinner in a decade. The first time was in 2006, when he was flirting with running for president and was in New Hampshire. Warner already had a family trip scheduled when this year's date was set. He will welcome attendees with a video message.
| February 14, 2011; 4:00 PM ET
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