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  •  two very quick comments (6+ / 0-)

    all campaigns shop around stuff about their opponents.  There are no simon-pure political operations.

    as to Terry getting endorsements, while there clearly is some loyalty to the Clintons, I think you are seriously underestimating the impact of encountering Terry in person:  he can be very charming and very persuasive.  He has earned some of that support by going out and asking for it.

    I do not think a legislative record is all that important, nor given the way Virginia operates is previous executive experience necessarily all that important, the lack of which is apparent in the resumes of both Moran and Deeds.   But that's my way of thinking, others may disagree.

    do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

    by teacherken on Thu May 07, 2009 at 04:12:20 AM PDT

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    •  Legislative record . . . (4+ / 0-)
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      Chi, samddobermann, va dare, cjallen

      I agree that a legislative record -- a strong one -- is not necessarily a statement about a person's executive ability.

      On the other hand, I think there is something to be said for a legislative record as a basis for an endorsement from public advocacy groups.

      Specifically as it relates to Virginia too, a Governor's effectiveness is tied to the composition of the House of Delegates.  So while legislative experience may not be a pre-requisite, it helps to have some experience managing campaigns for state office.  During his time at the DNC McAuliffe didn't do jack squat for state officials.  We actually lost significant ground during his tenure as DNC chair.

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