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Huffington Post is reporting that Democratic former Congressman Tom Perriello is considering a run for Governor in Virginia in 2013.   Perriello is a real Democrat, and I covered him back in 2010.   Perriello courageously voted for Obamacare, and he voted yes to ACES.  He also had introduced a bill that would have repealed the anti-trust exemption to insurance companies.  Perriello had also voted yes to the 9/11 responders bill, and yes to repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell.  

I would be quite excited for a Perriello candidacy.   I would even consider coming down to Virginia from Massachusetts to work for Perriello.   The presumptive Democratic nominee is Terry McAuliffe who has never been elected to anything, has close ties to the Clintons including his role on Hillar's 2008 campaign, and as far as I'm concerned, probably is very much like Erskine Bowles.   I realize Virginia is a purple state and this is an off-year election but we can do better than a DLC "Democrat" who ran a bad campaign in 2009(although the nominee Deeds was a really bad candidate too).

Whatever the outcome on the Democratic side, The current GOP Attorney General, Ken "Cooch" Cuccinelli has to be stopped from taking the governor's mansion.   The extreme wingnut Tea Party cannot be allowed to sink their dirty claws further into governance.

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  •  cooch is nuts (6+ / 0-)

    This guys may have been OK in old Va but Va is now more of a blue state than red. The problem is getting democrats out to vote.
    The people that elected Obama in Va need to come out and vote in the governors race or they will be stuck will a dangerous man as governor.

  •  YES!!!! (7+ / 0-)

    He would be SO much a better candidate than McAuliffe. Convince McAuliffe to run for Lt. Governor, a very important office given the VA Senate is tied 20-20 and the Lt. Gov. breaks the ties.

  •  And 2013 (0+ / 0-)

    There is no such thing as an off year election. Every election effects each other. We need to work as hard in 2014 as we did in 2012.

    by pollbuster on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 12:54:46 PM PST

  •  I'm just afraid that (3+ / 0-)
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    Terry McAuliffe will spark about as much dem enthusiasm as Craig Deeds did in the last Gubernatorial election.

    There is no such thing as an off year election. Every election effects each other. We need to work as hard in 2014 as we did in 2012.

    by pollbuster on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 12:59:04 PM PST

  •  Terry McAuliffe is the sole reason I voted for (1+ / 0-)
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    Creigh Deeds in the primary. He'd be a surefire way to assure Governor Cooch.

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    by weatherdude on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 01:13:09 PM PST

    •  Sorry to disagree, weatherdude (1+ / 0-)
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      Whichever Dem runs against Kookanelly will win.  We lady-Virginians don't like guys that take our birth control pills away (he tried this with college clinics in Virginia) and threaten us with TRANSVAGINAL ultrasounds.

      The Kook is so extreme that not even all Rethugs will vote for him.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 06:12:21 PM PST

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  •  Quinnipiac recently did a poll on the (1+ / 0-)
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    VA Gov race:

    If Terry McAuliffe (D) is the Democratic candidate, he edges Bolling, 38% to 36%, and Cuccinelli, 41% to 37%.
    http://politicalwire.com/...

    Quinnipiac also notes:

    "Terry McAuliffe...is not well known and his rating among those who have an opinion of him it is not all that impressive. Bolling also is not well known, although he is slightly better liked at this point than is McAuliffe. Cuccinelli is somewhat better known than Bolling and McAuliffe. At this point McAuliffe is benefitting from his Democratic identification, which reflects the party's positive image in the state after President Barack Obama's victory and the president's 52 percent job approval."
    http://www.quinnipiac.edu/...

    From PPP's August poll http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/...

    Q9 If the candidates for Governor next year were
    Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry
    McAuliffe, who would you vote for?
    Ken Cuccinelli ................................................. 40%
    Terry McAuliffe................................................ 40%
    Not sure .......................................................... 20%

    Q10 If the candidates for Governor next year were
    Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Tom
    Perriello, who would you vote for?
    Ken Cuccinelli ................................................. 39%
    Tom Perriello................................................... 41%
    Not sure .......................................................... 20%

    The favorables weren't that great either. Terry and/or Tom have a lot of ground to make up.
    Q3 Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion
    of Ken Cuccinelli?
    Favorable........................................................ 29%
    Unfavorable .................................................... 35%
    Not sure .......................................................... 35%

    Q4 Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion
    of Terry McAuliffe?
    Favorable........................................................ 16%
    Unfavorable .................................................... 23%
    Not sure .......................................................... 61%

    Q5 Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion
    of Tom Perriello?
    Favorable........................................................ 14%
    Unfavorable .................................................... 17%
    Not sure .......................................................... 69%

  •  Periello is a star.....much like another former (2+ / 0-)
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    Virginia Governor, Mark Warner.

    Know what you believe, why you believe it, who believes with you, and how it matters. Stand for what you believe, believe what you stand for.

    by VeloVixen on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 02:06:17 PM PST

  •  McAuliffe the Best Bet for 2013 (0+ / 0-)

    While I admire Tom Periello and regret his departure from congress, my choice for governor next year is Terry McAuliffe.

    First off, pistolSO's supposition that TM would echo the likes of Erskine Bowles on debt/deficit issues is off the mark.  TM looks to me like a classical Keynesian, which means he knows when to run a deficit, and when to seek surplus, not unlike Bill Clinton, in fact.  Nothing I've heard him say since 2008 would suggest he buys into the mendacious debt-hysteria of Bowles, et al.

    TM is rich, to be sure, and made his money in various business ventures, but he's no plutocrat.  He comes from modest beginnings, and understands the importance of government action, not just in a crisis, but as an underpinning of everyday prosperity for ordinary people.

    He fell victim to Virginia caution in 2009, when too many Democrats thought they were playing it safe with Criegh Deeds.  Deeds ran from his party and its platform all the way to the biggest debacle in a generation.

    This year, we need someone who can inspire Virginians to break with their past and take a more progressive way forward.  That's Terry McAuliffe.

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