Yeah I know, it is way too early to start talking about 2009, but some important politicians are doing too much stuff for us to ignore it.
Conventional wisdom tells us 2009 should be a Republican year in the race for the Governor’s mansion. After two consecutive defeats and two prominent statewide elected leaders, the GOP seems poised to get back in the driver’s seat. They avoided a messy fight for the nomination after Bob McDonnell convinced Bill Bolling to run for re-election as Lt. Governor and allow him to run for the top spot all by himself.
But there are some Democrats who are unwilling to just give the seat away to McDonnell. Brian Moran, who despite being the House Democratic Minority Leader, is largely unknown outside his Northern Virginia district. He is very close friends with Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and plans to mount an aggressive campaign for Governor.
Evidence of this effort came this weekend as Moran gave what his camp described as an “Important Speech on Environmental Leadership”. While the content of the speech was important, the place he gave it, may have been even more telling. It happened here in Central Virginia at the Sierra Club in Chesterfield. It is clear that Moran is working hard to get his name ID up in other parts of the commonwealth, leading up to the full fledged campaign next fall.
Aside from a disadvantage in name ID statewide (in comparison to the Attorney General) Moran is also facing some major challenges within his party. Another prominent legislator, Sen. Creigh Deeds would love to avenge his narrow loss to McDonnell in the race for Attorney General by beating him in the race for Governor. Deeds has already run a statewide race and is liked by Democratic insiders.
There is also another problem for prospective Democrats and that is former DNC chair Terry McCauliffe. McCauliffe, who now lives in Virginia has made some noise about wanting to run for Governor as the Democratic nominee. The reception has been lukewarm at best on the Democratic side and downright exciting on the Republican side.
Regardless, now is the time to keep an eye on all of these players, because you should expect to seem them often.
As for Del. Moran’s speech on Enviornmental Leadership, feel free to see what he had to say, after the jump:
Brian Moran Calls for New Environmental Leadership
~ Important speech on the leadership needed for economic growth and innovation ~
CHESTERFIELD –Today House Democratic Caucus Chairman Brian Moran outlined his approach to the Commonwealth’s environmental and energy challenges. Speaking to the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, Moran reviewed his experience, explained his values and discussed his vision for Virginia’s energy economy and environmental future. Moran pledged a focus on economic growth while defining his measure of success as “the legacy we leave to the next generation.”
The full text of his remarks is attached. This is the second in a series of important remarks on public policy challenges facing Virginia.
“We can create jobs by investing in a 21st century energy economy,” Delegate Moran said. “That means putting Virginians to work in good, high-paying jobs in green construction, bringing manufacturing jobs back by investing in wind turbines and creating new industries by investing in alternative energy research.”
During his remarks, he highlighted his work as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and chief legislative partner to Governors Warner and Kaine. He highlighted his long-time environmental record including his 100 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters in 2008. Moran discussed his work to promote LEED construction, create tax credits for renewable energy production, and invest in mass transit and rail.
“From the capitol in Richmond to the halls of Washington, it’s going to take a joint commitment – the type of commitment we haven’t seen since John Kennedy challenged us to land a man on the moon,” said Moran. “It’s going to take another Apollo mission to get this done. Virginia can’t lead our nation, and our nation can’t lead this world, if we stay behind in this race.”
Delegate Moran outlined his commitment to fiscal responsibility on August 18th while addressing the Virginia Commissioners of Revenue and Treasurers Association in Roanoke.
Brian Moran is chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and a Delegate representing Alexandria City and Fairfax County. He is a former Arlington County prosecutor. Delegate Moran was recently named “Child Advocate of the Year” by the Virginia PTA and received a 100 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters in 2008.