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Posted at 6:10 PM ET, 02/18/2011

Kaine will huddle with former staffers Sunday after Jefferson Jackson

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

A day after he appears at the Virginia Democrats' biggest fundraiser of the year, Tim Kaine will gather with his former gubernatorial staffers for a reunion in Richmond Sunday night.

The event was planned long before the chairman of the Democratic National Committee was ever considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2012, but it's likely his potential candidacy will be foremost on staffers minds.

Dozens and dozens of people were invited, including his former Cabinet secretaries. We hear some of those in attendance will be Wayne Turnage, former chief of staff who recently took a high level post in D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's administration; Larry Roberts, chief counselor who works for Kaine at the DNC; Preston Bryant, former secretary of natural resources who now works for McGuireWoods and Delacey Skinner, communications director who now works in the private sector in the District.

Kaine is the first choice for many Democrats for the U.S. Senate but he is not expected to make a decision until later this month or early next month.

"Governor Kaine won't be making any announcements this weekend,'' DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse said. "He will thank people for their support and encouragement. Governor Kaine just recently spoke to Senate Democratic leaders and the White House. This is a very personal decision so now he's going to take some time to discuss this with his wife and family and will likely have something to say later this month or early the next."

Kaine will introduce keynote speaker, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, the new chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner.

About 1,500 activists from across the state are expected at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner.

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.


By Anita Kumar  | February 18, 2011; 6:10 PM ET
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Kaine just organized the union thugs to descend on Wisconsin to support the government unions in their attacks on a state government. Aiding Big Union intimidation of a state government won't play well. Virginia is a right to work state. He just blew any chance he had for the Senate. Kaine should have escaped Obama's shadow if he wanted to run in Virginia.

Posted by: jy151310 | February 18, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I read an article elsewhere that said Obama's organizing contacts were helping in Wisconsin, but if Kaine were helping, that'd be admirable too. With that said, Wisconsinites have no problem organizing on their own. They have a long history of being at the forefront of anti-war, social justice, and pro-labor movements. And if you don't like labor unions, why don't you work through all of the holidays, for 16 hour days, because that's where people were before they were unions. Oh, and your kids should start working for a living, too.

Posted by: poliguru | February 19, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

I read an article elsewhere that said Obama's organizing contacts were helping in Wisconsin, but if Kaine were helping, that'd be admirable too. With that said, Wisconsinites have no problem organizing on their own. They have a long history of being at the forefront of anti-war, social justice, and pro-labor movements. And if you don't like labor unions, why don't you work through all of the holidays, for 16 hour days, because that's where people were before they were unionized. Oh, and your kids should start working for a living, too.

Posted by: poliguru | February 19, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

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