2009 VA Gov. Primary

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Terry McAuliffe: Sleeping with the enemy

Terry McAuliffeDemocratic National Committee superstar and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe spent some time last evening at a fundraiser.

While that isn't a shocker as we all know politicians spend a considerable amount of time at fundraisers for their campaigns; what is shocking is WHO was raising money for McAuliffe last night.

The fundraiser was hosted by Republican political operative Ed Rogers at the prestigious BGR lobbying firm, a firm that has been 100% until 2008 when it started accepting Democratic clients.

Rogers shares ownership of the firm with Haley Barbour, Vice-Chair of the Republican Governors Association. Rogers and his firm have worked tirelessly to defeat scores of Democrats nationwide, including President Barack Obama last year.

Why the Democratic Party of Virginia might lose the General Election

[Every Virginia Democrat needs to get this message. Promoted by Josh]

I wanted to make a comment about the road on which we presently travel. I do not care who you are supporting and I am not interested in going through all the events and facts to prove anything. This is simply a warning notice for how Democrats will lose Virginia.

I have been watching the Governor's race and I have yet to back anyone. So you cannot accuse me of picking sides. I expect I will review the work and join into the fray here before long. As it stands right now, regardless of who wins the Democratic Primary, Dems lose the General Election.

Why, you ask?

Virginia's Public Safety Champion, Brian Moran

Virginia's Public Safety Champion, Brian Moran
There are 100 legislators in Virginia's House of Delegates, thousands of bills passing through each year, and hundreds of needy non-profits jockeying for even 30 seconds of any one legislator's time.

You quickly learn which legislators aren't your friends and which legislators just give you lip service. Pandering for your vote and endorsement, some will tell you one thing to your face but then turn around and vote contrarily.

But then there is that legislator that cares deeply about your concerns, has "walked the walk" on the issues you labor tirelessly over. You hold tight to that legislator as they guide you through the wiles of the General Assembly and eventually a lot a good work gets accomplished.

Repeatedly for over a decade, non-profits involved in public safety and victims relief have found that champion in Delegate Brian Moran.

Why Terry will win June 9th.

When I dropped into Terry McAuliffe’s Campaign office in VA Beach to get in some phone banking Monday evening there were no available phones… callers were using there cell phones to help get Terry’s message out across the commonwealth. Don’t get me wrong, Terry had plenty of phone lines, but there were so many citizens out mobilized, working hard for the campaign that I simply had to wait my turn… which made me stop and think...

This Virginia Beach Grassroots Activist Supports Terry McAuliffe

The time was the heat of the 2008 election. Sleep was at a minimum. Rest could come after the most important election in our lifetime was won. Until victory was certain, every moment wasted was one that could never be recovered.

The constitutional republic established by our Founding Fathers was teetering on the edge of a precipice. It was the ordinary man who succeeded in establishing our glorious experiment in government. And it was the duty of we common men and women who followed to repair that same government.

For Virginia, Creigh Deeds

He may have been elected Commonwealth's Attorney, Delegate, and State Senator in the Shenandoah Valley, but Creigh Deeds knows Virginia as well as any candidate for Governor in recent memory. Sen. Deeds passed through the Fredericksburg area many times over the years; first as House Democratic Caucus Chairman, then as the Democratic nominee for Attorney General. So when he spoke to the Stafford Co. Democrats earlier this month at their First Annual Jefferson/Jackson Dinner, he probably didn't need to stop for directions.

But not everything is about the next election.

Is Starting My Own Business A Possibility?

cross posted at Daily Kos www.dailykos.com

What I admire in McAuliffe?

Cross posted in Daily Kos

One of the first public figures I have tracked with any measure of time commitment is Terry McAuliffe. I met his wife and McAuliffe at a Connolly fundraiser and found them a most engaging, gracious and down to earth couple. I then invested the time to read his book "What a Party" and discovered that he is a very ordinary person of humble beginnings, who has achieved great heights - the true, living American Dream that hard work, integrity and a positive attitude can take one places.

Are You Feeling Lonely?

(Cross-Posted at Daily Kos)

Are you feeling lonely and blue?

Do you feel like you lack the energy to get moving in the morning?

Do you miss being a part of something bigger than you, where you could be one of many working towards a greater, common goal??

Are you going through the 7 stages of political campaign absence grief?

1. Shock - what will you do with your Saturday now?
2. Denial - what do you MEAN the campaign is over??
3. Anger - I'm gonna blow if I don't get to smackdown a Republican soon!
4. Bargaining - Maybe someone will be impeached and there will be special election...
5. Depression - there's no purpose without a door to knock or a call to make.
6. Testing - maybe there's something out there that can fill the void...
7. Acceptance - I'll get involved in the race for VA-Governor! That's the ticket!!


Moran Asked For A Fighter...

Terry McAuliffe Is A Fighter... Video Link:

Bob Holsworth of VCU reviews the St. Paddy's Day Straw Poll

Robert Holsworth of Virginia Commonwealth University is an important media voice on things political in Virginia. He is, after Larry Sabato, perhaps the most frequently quoted academic figure on Virginia politics. He also writes a column with his observations. Given all the discussion of the meaning, or lack thereof, of the straw poll at Gerry Connolly's St. Paddy's day event, I thought it might be worthwhile to draw people's attention to the piece. You can of course skip the rest of what I offer and go directly to St. Paddy’s Day in Fairfax: Endorsements and Straw Polls. Or you can go below the fold for some extracts and a bit of commentary from me, someone officially neutral in the race, with a working relationship with all 3 Democratic gubernatorial candidates, and friends committed to each of the three candidates. In any case, at least read Holsworth.

A Modest Proposal for T-Mac following the straw poll

(this is satire in the spirit of Jonathan Swift, nothing more. I'm posting this because alot of people need to relax, take a deep breath, and look at the situation we are in and what the campaigns have been reduced too. So don't be a jerk about it. While I do support Brian, I'd be posting the same thing about him if he won)

Congressman Connolly Straw Poll Results

1. McAuliffe: 58%
2. Moran: 30%
3. Deeds: 12%

Lt Governor
1. Wagner: 48%
2. Signer: 28%
3. Bowerbank: 12%
4. Edmonson: 12%

Amy Gardner at WaPo:

Former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe overwhelmingly won an informal straw poll in Fairfax County tonight against his two Democratic rivals for governor, Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds.

At a jam-packed St. Patrick's Day party hosted by U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), McAuliffe earned 58 percent of votes, Moran took 30 percent and Deeds earned 12 percent. Connolly told the crowd of about 1,400 that a total of 934 ballots were cast.

If nothing else, the vote sprinkled a healthy pinch of fish food into Virginia's political aquarium. McAuliffe outshined his rivals in both organization and spirit at the event, arranging for donors to purchase 400 tickets for his guests, staffing the party with 60 paid campaign workers and prompting the loudest cheers when he spoke to the crowd.

Raising A Governor's Debate

(Cross-posted at Virginia Left Wing)

It's hard enough sitting down months in advance planning a debate for the Democratic candidates for governor of Virginia. It's even harder when, one month before said debate is supposed to be happening, you start to find out about numerous other debates around the same time.

We are looking for a few good.....gubernatorial candidates. As we find out about other gubernatorial debates in April, we would like to push for our own.

The Southwest Virginia Young Democrats, swvayd.com, are planning a gubernatorial debate for Saturday, April 25th at 7pm in the John S. Battle High School Auditorium in Bristol, VA. We've asked all the campaigns to attend our debate, and we're still waiting on all the okays. Let's make it a bit more enticing, shall we?

Why I'm supporting Brian Moran: He's been there

Brain Moran(I think it's good to hear these personal stories about what the gubernatorial candidates mean to Virginians. - promoted by Bryan Scrafford)
There's been a flurry of blogger endorsements for candidates for the Democratic nomination for this year's gubernatorial race, and, while I have not been particularly quiet about my support of Brian Moran, I thought I would write about why I am supporting him in this election.

Along with Brian Moran, Creigh Deeds and Terry McAuliffe are vying for the Democratic nomination. I've seen all three candidates up close. I've heard their stump speeches, seen how they work rooms, took note of how others responded to them, and have formed my own personal view of each candidate. Prior to meeting any of the candidates, I researched their educational, professional, and political histories, and formed some opinions based solely on this black and white information. I had to mix that information with the impression I was left with after meeting the candidates.

Here's what I came up with:

Money doesn't talk, it swears

Crosposted at Daily Kos

An examination of Brian Moran’s fundraising for governor through the last quarter as disclosed on VPAP shows an unusual level of support for him from the defense and homeland security industries (collectively referred to herein as “defense industry”) as compared to both candidates in current elections and over several past election cycles in Virginia.

The VPAP data does not establish any wrongdoing on Mr. Moran’s part, and it is not the purpose of this diary to make such an allegation. In fact, I take it on faith that Mr. Moran is an honest public servant and a strong Progressive with the best of intentions.

But the pattern of contributions from the defense industry to him and his campaign does stand out, and, frankly, is worth a look because Mr. Moran’s brother, Congressman Jim Moran, is a powerful member of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee.

The donations also bear examination because Mr. Moran himself has made fundraising an issue in the primary campaign, most notoriously with his “we need a fighter, not a fundraiser” haymaker aimed at Terry McAuliffe at the JJ Dinner. That remark has been followed up by numerous broadsides launched on Virginia and national blogs against Mr. McAuliffe alleging in one way or another that his fundraising history is both evidence of questionable ethics on his part, and potentially fodder for the Republicans in the general election to use against him, should Mr. McAuliffe be the party’s nominee. And even earlier in the campaign, Mr. Moran attempted to use Mr. McAuliffe’s fundraising outside of the Commonwealth against him, until it quickly came to light Mr. Moran had himself done some significant fundraising out of state and the issue was dropped.

Why McAuliffe?

McAuliffe's won me over. I don’t want a job with his campaign or his administration. I have never taken a penny from any candidate I have supported. I want what is best for my family and Virginia. I have concluded that Terry is the man for this time.

Terry McAuliffe moves in different parts of the progressive sphere than I. But ours intersect enough in the survival interest arena, that the areas where we disagree are overshadowed. I looked hard for a deal-breaking position. My first nudge was when I discovered that John Grisham supports Terry. Yes, influenced by a non-politician’s judgment. But meeting Dorothy McAuliffe was so telling by inference about the character of her husband, that apprehensions in that facet of the candidate were immediately wiped clean. And, though to now he has had reason to blow me off, he never has in passing. He’s a big man.

Brian Moran starts organizing online

Organizing VirginiaIn the Obama campaign, we all saw how well social networking could be used to organize and fundraise campaigns from the grassroots up. While Internet technologies for reaching out to supporters are not in short supply, building a custom platform for online campaigning can have greater returns; however, the attempt can also yield greater frustration due to the costs of development, maintenance, etc. Often custom social media for campaigns, or other companies and organizations, are gaudy and ineffective. The Obama campaign showed us that it could be done effectively.

Brian Moran, candidate for the Democratic nomination to run for Governor of Virginia, launched Organizing Virginia; his custom social media based campaign site. While there are ties to massively used services such as Twitter and Facebook, the Moran campaign has taken a page from Obama in developing a custom site featuring supporter profiles and groups. However, just like Obama's site, Organizing Virginia allows users to create their own events and fundraise; allowing for significant grassroots action across Virginia.

"Folks, We're Going To Do This"

Terry McAuliffe emphasizes that Virginia is at a crossroads. We've got to create new jobs in this green economy. 118 billion dollars out of the 780 billion dollar stimulus package, is going toward alternative energy. He warns that is going to bypass us because we are not a mandatory state; we're not doing what we need to do.

He pointed at the professor in whose lab we stood and said "You ought to be funded with these new stimulus dollars, you could be the world leader…we ought to be the world leader. I talk about, and everybody laughs at me; they call me Governor Chicken-something because I love chicken waste. I do, I get excited about chicken waste. I'm sorry, there are 500,000 tons of it. We leech it into our watershed, we've ruined our oyster business in the Chesapeake, we've hurt our environment."

McAuliffe Office Opening Provides a Window on this Campaign

Dorothy McAuliffe has emerged during this cycle as one intriguing personality. Seen once riding herd on their brood; only one little doggie straying; the youngest on lookout for that carrier. Then she spoke at the Veterans and Military Family Caucus. Last night she appeared at the Virginia Beach office kickoff.

Each time, she endears herself to and impresses those she meets. It is no surprise that she would be something of a character. Look who she married. What is refreshing is that someone who is raising five children under 18 embodies that same kind of enthusiasm and optimism as her candidate husband and has energy to spare. She likes to say that Terry always sees the glass half full. After being around her, you can imagine she helps him top it off. Of course, I’ll want to look in on her once that young one marches off to college, just to see how this marathon winds up.