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The most fascinating state to watch over the past 10 years as without a doubt been the Commonwealth of Virginia, especially given the wealth of progressive state blogs that have documented the rapid changes of the past four years. As you all know, candidates for Governor have been well underway with their campaigns and, at this point, I do not really have a favorite among the three Democrats (well, I'm not too fond of Terry Terry McCullough), but one may have done himself more harm than good with his recent resignation from the Virginia House of Delegates. Not Larry Sabato has more than a few things to say about Brian Moran and the timing of his resignation over the holidays.

Last night, a candidate won a safe seat in the House of Delegates with 191 votes.

191 votes for Brian Moran's seat.  The senior class President at TC Williams High School got more votes to win their election.  Bubbles Hair Salon at any individual location serves more customers on a Saturday.

To put this into context, in the 45th district (next to Brian's seat) 6,881 voters were able to pick their new Delegate in an open primary in 2005.  That's about 34 times the participation as last night.

There is no question at this point that Brian's timing causing this quick election disenfranchised the vast majority of people in his district interested in who represented them in Richmond.

The voters of the 46th district allowed Brian to represent them and become a prominent player in Richmond for a decade and a half.  It's a shame that in pursuing higher ambitions, Brian treated the voters of his district with such blatant disrespect on his way out the door.

The author is quick to point out that there is nothing wrong with nominee Charniele Herring, but he does have a point about the point about the timing and process.

I'm going to bite my tounge on some of these thoughts until Wednesday after the nominee has been decided.  I have nothing against Charniele Herring, but this is NOT how we should be picking a Delegates for a safe Democratic seat.

This raises serious questions for me about Moran's judgment and how he thinks government should work.

Furthermore, he notes in yet another post that, as late as this past weekend, they did not have a location for the district caucus. In other words, it was a great big mess. We've seen, in the special elections held since November 4, how difficult it is to get people to show up over the holidays after a presidential election that left parties, local jusridictions and voters exausted. Moran should have thought about this before he left so soon. When you hold and leave elected offices, it impacts people besides yourself. This may not hurt his run for governor, but it is no doubt a reflection of his judgement.  

Originally posted to RandySF on Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 11:19 AM PST.

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  •  referencing VA politics (0+ / 0-)

    always a minefield, looking at the next gubernatorial race, who is the front runner for the GOP nomination?  While things are a-changing in the Old Dominion on American Family Radio today, in an interview the Dean of the Liberty University Law School said that they were grooming the next generation of not only attorneys but also state and federal judges and elected officials. He then said that, in his opinion, a second year student was a shoo-in for future governor of SC and a 2005 graduate was a strong contender for governor of VA.

    Whom would he have been referencing since it appears a LU law degree ain't what it used to be?

  •  I think this cost him more: (0+ / 0-)

    "you ought to be ashamed of yourself, person who loves to tell your 'hat story' with OPOL. Grow up."

    by DemocraticLuntz on Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 11:33:43 AM PST

  •  I think this is too inside baseball to matter.... (0+ / 0-)

    I suppose I could be wrong in that small things certainly can become big things in politics, but really hardly any voters care about this process stuff.  They didn't care about Obama's anti-lobbyist screeds (and I say that as a strong Obama supporter from back in summer 2007 when I was certain he would lose to Hillary)... they didn't care about Florida and Michigan in the presidential primaries... they didn't care about caucuses vs. primaries...they didn't care about public financing or town halls in the general.

    And the average Democratic voter even in Brian Moran's legislative district won't care about this process for picking his replacement.  Again, I could be wrong on this one, but what activists care about is not what the average voter cares about...not even the average habitual Democratic primary voter.

    As an "activist" myself, at least since moving to Virginia this summer, I can say it's highly unlikely this will have any influence in my voting decision, and I say that as a completely undecided primary voter.

    In a time of war, is that really the time to be asking whether we should be at war?...When it is over we should ask whether we should leave. -- Stephen Colbert

    by DCCyclone on Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 11:50:35 AM PST

  •  your diary has it shares of problems (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    akeitz, RandySF
    1. it was an unassembled caucus on short notice.  
    1. there was little doubt who would win
    1. thus there was little turnout

    as far as Brian resigning, here's the reality:  Dems are in the minority in the House of Delegates, and Brian is viewed as the Democratic frontrunner by most Republicans.  I am guessing, but I suspect he may have been tipped off that they were going to try to force him to vote on a batch of issues just to damage him for the gubernatorial election.  I don't KNOW, this, but I think was more of an issue than the fact that during he 45 day legislative session sitting members of the General Assembly cannot raise political funds.

    By contrast, Creigh Deeds does not face the issue of forced votes in the State Senate, which the Democrats control anyhow.

    Further, Brian was not running for reelection to his House seat, and this allows his successor to gain some seniority on behalf of the district.  Creigh's Senate seat is not up until 2011.

    Have a nice day.

    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 Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 11:52:22 AM PST

    •  Don't forget about restrictions on fundraising (0+ / 0-)

      The Washington Post has cited the prohibition on fundraising while the legislature is in sesson.  Terry McAulaffe, and AG Bob McConnell (the GOP's Chosen One) would have been able to fundraise while Moran if he stayed in the House of Delegates would be restricted for much of the time between now and the election.

      •  not as important an issue (0+ / 0-)

        plese read my comment -  Brian will have no trouble raising money, and he has political support across much of the state - 5 mayors from Hampton Roads endorsed him yesterday.  

        I don't KNOW but I am guessing that the possibility of problem votes weighed more heavily than the fundraising, although since he is now out of the GA, he can raise money.

        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 Dec 18, 2008 at 03:44:33 AM PST

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  •  And Why..... (0+ / 0-)

    would you quote anything from Not Larry Sabato.  His mean spiritedness, his lunatic rantings and his constant smearing of Dems in Virginia have left him with absolutely no credibility in the blogging world.  His readership has dropped dramatically and he has no credibility whatsoever.

    You need to start hanging out with a better class of bloggers.


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