Virginia’s Democrats are, according to this Richmond Times-Dispatch piece, looking to 2013 through hope-tinted glasses:
“We have a very strong and deep bench,” said Brian Moran, chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia. “And one of the reasons so many individuals are exploring running for statewide office is because of the alternative.
“The alternative is downright scary to many Democrats,” Moran said, asserting that the brand of Republicans currently in power and the volume of conservative legislation dealing with social issues that advanced in a GOP controlled General Assembly this year has mobilized the party base.
“The prospect of a Ken Cuccinelli administration and a Republican lieutenant governor breaking ties in the Senate is motivating a number of very qualified individuals to consider running.”
But just who are these “very qualified individuals” ready to take the plunge?
The list Jim Nolan complies is surprisingly long. There’s Terry McAuliffe. Chap Petersen. Ward Armstrong makes an appearance. So do Edd Houck and Shannon Valentine and a few less familiar faces.
Their common denominator?
No wonder, then, that Sen. Mark Warner is mentioned as the “unbeatable” savior-in-waiting:
[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at Bearing Drift.]
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