Archive for May 19th, 2009
Republican Party of Virginia chairman Pat Mullins is renewing his party’s call that Tim Kaine devote all of his energy to the job of Governor of Virginia. His statement comes in reaction to what the Governor (who also serves as the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee) said to the DNC executive committee at their meeting in Richmond last Friday.
In case you missed it, here (in part) is what Kaine said:
“I am trying to juggle two pretty challenging jobs. As I shared with you in January, It is not an easy time to be a Governor. As I talk to Governor’s all across the country we all agree it is a tough, tough time to be a governor.”
Mullins said today that if he can’t handle both job of DNC chair and Governor he ought to pick one or the other:
“He simply cannot be a part-time governor when people are looking for full-time solutions. If Tim Kaine thinks his burdens are too great, he should pick one job to do and resign from the other.”
This is not a new attack by Republicans and for the most part it has not seemed to stick. This could be as much about attacking Governor Kaine as it is about stirring up grass roots support for Mullins, who faces a vote from the party faithful at the end of the month to hold on to his job as Chairman.
It has the potential to be the most important debate of the primary. Creigh Deeds, Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe are set to square off in Northern Virginia for the Washington Post debate at 2pm.
You can watch a live stream of the action here.
Aside from being streamed live on the internet, the debate will also be re-broadcast tonight in the Washington, D.C. television market. That means it will be seen in the most heavily populated region of the state and the “bluest” region of Virginia. It is the section of the state where many potential primary voters reside.
I’ll have a recap of the action later tonight.