What I missed over the last 7 days
It has been more than a week since my last post and looking back at what took place, I thought I would pick out a few key things that I thought were important.
*Bob McDonnell is very encouraged by poll numbers that show him at least 10 points up on any potential Democratic opponent. He also feels pretty good about his fund raising haul. His $3.5 million cash on hand is second only to Terry McAuliffe and McDonnell will not have to spend any money on an expensive primary.
*While McDonnell is riding high, Democrats are hoping to bruise him by making him target number one in their fight over the GOP’s block of changes to the state’s unemployment benefits package. The vote prevented Virginia from being eligible for $125 million dollars in stimulus money and McDonnell supported their efforts. All three democratic candidates for Governor signed a petition condemning his support of the plan.
*Democrats are not containing their displeasure over the unemployment vote to just the gubernatorial race. Party members will spend this weekend going door to door in GOP House districts to inform constituents about how their members voted. Del. John O’Bannon who is facing a fiesty challenge from Tom Shields in the 73rd district, is one of their targets.
*Brian Moran (who officially kicked off his campaign today in Northern Virginia) is dodging criticism over a Washington Post story that connects his brother Rep. Jim Moran‘s earmarks to his campaign donations. Moran’s campaign manager says there can be no influence because the former House Democratic leader is “entirely uninvolved” with his brother’s work in Washington.
*Michael Bloomberg, New York City’s Mayor who is hoping to be re-elected for a second time, despite the Big Apple’s two term limit, came to Virginia to meet with family members of the VA Tech tragedy. Bloomberg is specifically going after Bob McDonnell, who did not back down.
*Rep. Eric Cantor will be featured in a lengthy profile in tomorrow’s CBS Sunday Morning. A crew from the long form, feature news program followed the congressman through his local district. His segment is scheduled to air around 9:45am.
*The three Democratic candidates for Governor will meet in their first officially debate of the primary season. Brian Moran, Terry McAuliffe and Creigh Deeds will meet in the Farm Team Debate at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. I will be there and am planning to liveblog the affair on nbc12.com.
What did I miss? Let me know if something else signifcant happened that did not make my recap.