2009 VA AG Primary

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Submit Questions for Republican AG Candidates

Cross-Posted at Fred2Blue

Tomorrow night in Williamsburg Ken Cuccinelli, John Brownlee, and David Foster are vying for the distinguished honor of either a) losing to Steve Shannon in November or b) serving less than four years as Attorney General so they can concentrate on running for Governor in 2013, just like Bob McDonnell, Jerry Kilgore, Mark Earley, and Jim Gilmore in the last four consecutive elections.

submit questions to mailto:mjccrepublicancommittee@gmail.com.

The future of the commonwealth is in your hands. No pressure though.

h/t Shad Plank

Steve Shannon continuing to rack up endorsements

Yes, I know that so far he is the only one running for Attorney General on our side, and with the filing deadline only about a month away, he is likely to stay unopposed. It is interesting to see that his campaign does maintain a steady drumbeat, a regular role out of more endorsements. Below the break I will offer the text of the latest, three people from the three biggest population centers in the Old Dominion. Just so those of you not on the email distribution for the press releases can stay in touch.

Brian Moran handily wins the Mount Vernon Straw Poll, & Terry McAuliffe is a no-show

Tonight was a real demonstration of grassroots retail politicking, and every single statewide candidate in the running for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General on the Democratic side, with the exception of one, was present. Almost a few hundred people packed the Stone Mansion house in Alexandria for good retail politics, Mardi Gras beading, and cajun goodies.

The Mount Vernon Democratic Committee sponsored its second annual Mardi Gras Party & Straw Poll, and for the second year in a row, it was standing room only. There was great food, a terrific line-up of silent auction items that political people loved, and the secret hit of the night: Jeff Myhre's amazing Shenandoah-home-brewed beer! The lines for his beer were the biggest story of the night!

But actually, all the candidates who came gave some excellent speeches, some of the best I've heard this year from both Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran. On the Lt. Governor side, Pat Edmonson probably made the biggest strides in terms of identifying herself as the most unabashedly progressive candidate, but it was Secretary of Finance Jody Wagner who brought home the big win, with Jon Bowerbank's cavalcade of signage taking a fairly close second.

Results are after the fold, and as soon as I can get them uploaded, I'll put some photos behind the fold too.

Shannon campaign announces endorsements by mayors of Richmond and Norfolk

Here is the content of an email sent out today by the campaign of Steve Shannon for Attorney General:

Richmond and Norfolk Mayors Endorse Steve Shannon to be Virginia’s Next Attorney General
Endorsements by Mayors Dwight Jones and Paul Fraim Demonstrate Campaigns’ Strength in Key Areas of the Commonwealth

Vienna, VA – Delegate Steve Shannon announced today that his campaign for Attorney General has earned the support of Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, and Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim.

“Local government is where the rubber hits the road in making Virginia a safer place for families to call home," said Delegate Steve Shannon. “Mayors Fraim and Jones are leaders in making their communities safer, better places to live and I’m proud to have their support,” Shannon continued.

“Steve will be an Attorney General we can all be proud of. I’m supporting Steve because I know that as a former prosecutor, he will work with our community to fight gangs and make sure our children are safe from predators,” Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones said.

“Steve Shannon is a leader who will fight to protect our families, our businesses, and our ports,” Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim said. “As our next Attorney General, I know Steve will be someone I can work with to continue improving our quality of life here in Norfolk,” Fraim continued.

State of the races in Virginia - one man's view of the Democratic contests

this also appeared at Daily Kos

This past weekend saw the quarterly meeting of the Democratic Party of Virginia, combined with the annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, keynoted by Bill Clinton. I arrived Friday afternoon and stayed until late Sunday morning. I had no official capacity as party official or as accredited blogger, although I did participate in the first meeting of the newly blessed Veterans and Military Families Caucus. I had an opportunity to talk with all of the candidates for the three statewide offices, and many of their staff members. I went to various hospitality events they hosted. I talked with and listened to a number of important Democrats, some of whom are committed and advocating for their favorites (and sometimes bashing their opponents), many of whom are undecided in at least one of the two competitive races. And I watched and listened in general.

I am myself uncommitted except for the Attorney General's slot, where Delegate Steve Shannon of Fairfax County is so far unopposed for the nomination. My observations and analysis do not represent an endorsement.

And as of now, I see a very real possibility that the Democrats will field a ticket of three men from Northern Virginia.

I invite you to keep reading.

Steve Shannon raising tons of money

The campaign of Steve Shannon for Attorney General today announced that they had raised more than $820,000 and Shannon’s $746,416 Cash on Hand $150,000 ws ahead head of Bob McDonnell’s 2005 pace.

“I’m proud that so many people have chosen to invest in this campaign because they believe in my message of making Virginia a safer place for every family to call home," said Delegate Steve Shannon (D-Fairfax).

Fishwick Bows Out

As Team leader for the Fishwick for Attorney General campaign, It is my duty to inform BlueCommonwealth of Mr. Fishwick's decision not to run for the office of Attorney General. In a statement made today, Mr. Fishwick said: "I have concluded that for now my role should remain in the aggressive private practice of law, fighting against injustice and for people whose lives and livelihood depend on that representation."

Now is the time to unite behind presumptive Democratic nominee, Del. Steve Shannon. Lets get to work, we have alot to do.

Aaron Lyles

The Farm Team Fields a Major Player - Jodi Wagner for Lt Gov


Former Virgina AG, Mary Sue Terry, is supporting efforts to develop more bench strength for Virginia Democratic female political leaders, through a program dubbed The Farm Team.

Their first major player to take the field will be Jodi Wagner, former Treasurer of Virginia and Secretary of Finance, as a candidate for Lt. Governor in 2009.

full post at Coarse Cracked Corn