Virginia Governor Democratic Primary Cattle Call
by Bob Brigham, Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 09:01:22 PM EST
Last week's Virginia Governor Democratic Primary Cattle Call
With only 129 days until Virginia's June 9th Democratic gubernatorial primary, the race is in full swing. The good news for political junkies is that the race has been receiving a good deal of attention. For those looking for a fix, on Tuesday Public Policy Polling* will release head-to-head and favorability numbers for the Democratic Primary. Somepeople think that Tuesday's Sharon Bulova result will be important. But it is an all hands on deck for all the campaigns and the only candidate trying to up the ante is Terry McAuliffe in his attempt to smudge the fact he hasn't helped down ticket Commonwealth Democrats by glossing over with cash.
What's happened in the last week?
Terry McAuliffe ~ Big week for Terry McAuliffe, but that is both a blessing and a curse. And that will be the story for as long as he hangs around. Terry McAuliffe can raise big money to put his face on TV, but what comes out of his mouth when he is in front of the camera inverts the principle that more media is better.
Terry McAuliffe Money Everyone knows Terry McAuliffe is best known for escalating transactional politics and thus will be able to raise big cash from interests who appreciate pay-to-play. The GOP is already salivating over what looks like a $25,000 of sketchiness. And the $350,000 Park Avenue event is likely to cause some trouble when the next finance reports are released on Tax Day and people see where their Wall Street bailout is going. Optics aren't pretty:
McAuliffe then stated his case - business savvy to turnaround Virginia's economic woes - to a crowd with a zero percentage of Virginia residents. Still, the cream of New York's bundler society present at the dinner could be said to account for McAuliffe's financial base.
Not a cool base, but he will have lots of money, which brings him to the problem that he'll spend it putting his face on TV.
And because he was a frequent guest on cable news programs as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, reams of footage could become fodder for a GOP advertising campaign. The Virginia GOP has compiled an extensive opposition research file on McAuliffe, GOP sources said.
"Virginia can and must become a leader in renewable energy and get our economy moving," said Moran, a former delegate from Alexandria who is one of three Democrats seeking the party's nomination for governor.
"The time for leadership on this issue has come, and I'm committed to bold action. This plan will create tens of thousands of jobs in growing industries," Moran said. "These investments will produce returns for years in the form of new technologies and new jobs."
Bob Burnley, director of the Department of Environmental Quality under then-Gov. Mark R. Warner, endorsed Moran today and praised his environmental plan.
Creigh Deeds ~ While McAuliffe is putting his money on TV and Moran is again getting lots of earned media for his environmental consolidation, where is Deeds? Not only is he not making good moves, he is making mistakes. Again, he's going to have to step it up to be more than a spoiler.
*The latest PPC poll in Ohio had no clue when it came to the electorate, so take it with a grain of salt.