To hear the Republicans tell it, Morgan Griffith's newly announced challenge to U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher of southwest Virginia's 9th District is shaping up to be a marquee race likely to lead to the fall of a 28-year incumbent. To hear Democrats tell it, the race is over before it begins. Earlier this week, Griffith, majority leader in the state House of Delegates, formed a federal committee to explore the possibility of a run. He announced the support of top Republicans from southwest Virginia. And the state GOP launched a media campaign and web page, www.RetireRick.com. Boucher is trying to deprive Griffith of oxygen before his campaign takes its first breath. The day after Griffith's announcement, Boucher announced a crucial endorsement from the National Rifle Association. And today, Boucher announced the formation of a new group, Virginia Business Leaders for Boucher, including a number of supporters of Republican Robert F....
.Morgan Griffith, the Republican majority leader in the Virginia House of Delegates, is gearing up for a run for Congress against 28-year incumbent Rick Boucher in southwest Virginia's "Fightin' Ninth" District
U.S. senators Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb and U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, all Virginia Democrats, issued separate statements last night showing lukewarm support for President Obama's State of the Union address. (They presented an interesting contrast with their colleagues across the river in Maryland, where Sen. Ben Cardin, and Reps. Steny Hoyer and Chris Van Hollen all issued high praise for Obama.) Warner congratulated the president for proposing to make credit more available to small businesses -- "an initiative we proposed last fall." But Warner said he was disappointed that he did not hear "a more robust approach" to addressing the nation's budget deficit. "I continue to be extremely disappointed in the Senate's unwillingness this week to support a bipartisan fiscal commission to address needed budget and entitlement reform." Warner did not attend the speech at the Capitol last night as he was attending the funeral of his mother,...
| January 28, 2010; 7:24 AM ET |
Categories: Amy Gardner, Gerald E. Connolly, James Webb, Mark Warner, Robert F. McDonnell, Tom Perriello | Tags: Ben Cardin, Bob McDonnell, Chris Van Hollen, Jim Webb, Mark Warner, President Obama, State of the Union, Steny Hoyer, Tom Perriello
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House Minority Whip Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.) has donated $7,000 to the congressional campaign of State Sen. Robert Hurt through his leadership PAC and campaign committee, unleashing a storm of protest from conservative activists in Virginia's 5th District. Hurt is competing with six others for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, the Democrat from Albemarle County who defeated Virgil Goode in 2008 by fewer than 1,000 votes. But before Republicans can unite to take on Perriello, they're spending some time fighting amongst themselves about who is the truest conservative. Hurt has name recognition and the backing of national Republicans, but he is viewed with suspicion by at least four active TEA Party organizations active in the 5th District....
| January 15, 2010; 4:20 PM ET |
Categories: 2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Amy Gardner, Debates, Election 2010, Eric Cantor, Robert Hurt, Tom Perriello
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U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) issued a statement just now on his vote this morning in favor of the Senate health care bill. "I voted today in favor of health care reform legislation in the Senate," Webb wrote. "I did so despite my disappointment with some sections of the bill, which I will continue to address in the future. But the final package presented by the majority leader reflects many improvements that take into consideration the concerns that I and others brought forward during the debate. " Read the full statement after the jump....
Virginia U.S. senators Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb cast their lots with fellow Democrats early today by voting for final passage of the Senate health reform bill. Let the finger-pointing begin! Oh wait, it already has. Warner issued this statement in defense of his vote. "While this legislation is far from perfect," Warner wrote, "I believe it will start to curb soaring health care costs for consumers and businesses, reduce our federal budget deficits over time, and extend the life of the Medicare program." (We'll update when we hear from Webb.) The rhetoric is already flying from the other side too. From the National Republican Senatorial Committee: "U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner voted this morning to pass President Barack Obama's massive government-run health care bill, which will lead to higher taxes, taxpayer-funded abortions, massive cuts to Medicare, and higher health care premiums for Virginians." From Republican National...