Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
About this Blog   |   On Twitter   |   Follow us on Facebook   |   RSS Feeds RSS Feed
Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 02/22/2011

McDonnell tapped as speaker for 2011 Shad Planking

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell knows how to tell a good joke or two.

So it's no wonder that the folks at the Shad Planking have asked him to return for the third time to be their speaker.

The speeches at Shad -- the curious Virginia political tradition named for the bony, oily fish -- are always lighthearted. Candidates who appear together often roast each other.

McDonnell (R) spoke in 2006 as attorney general and then again in 2009 alongside gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran. (Creigh Deeeds did the unthinkable and skipped that year even though the event is generally considered a must-do for statewide candidates.) An official announcement is not expected until next week, but we hear McDonnell has been asked and has agreed to speak again this year.

More than 1,000 people are expected at the April 20 event, where candidates set up booths and dole out free beer, cigars and hot dogs.

The Shad Planking dates to the 1930s, when a small group of friends gathered to celebrate the migratory running of the shad in the James River. As the event grew in popularity, the Wakefield Ruritan Club took it over in 1949 and moved it to a woodsy sportsmen's club in Sussex County, one hour southeast of Richmond.

For decades, the Shad Planking was a good-old-boy event where the state's Democratic machine anointed Virginia politicians. It has evolved into a place for candidates to mingle with political insiders, many of whom drive down from Richmond.

By Anita Kumar  | February 22, 2011; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Robert F. McDonnell  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Virginia House approves bill to allow car title lending to out-of-state drivers
Next: Veterans charities will again have to register after U.S. Navy Vets fiasco

No comments have been posted to this entry.

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company