Moran elected DPVA Chairman
As expected, former House Minority Leader and candidate for Governor, Brian Moran was elected the Chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia. Moran, who now works as a lobbyist for a group that supports for-profit higher education, easily beat an insurgent candidacy from Northern Virginia attorney Peter Rousselot.
Moran had the support of most of the party insiders and elected officials, including Senator Mark Warner.
and former Governor and current DNC Chairman Tim Kaine (While there were rumors of Kaine’s behind the scenes support for Moran, the DNC Chair was publicly neutral). Moran’s win was welcomed by his former rival for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination Terry McAuliffe, who tweeted his congratulations to Moran moments after the vote. McAuliffe is widely expected to run again for Governor in 2013.
Moran’s candidacy was challenged by a few prominet Democratic bloggers who pleaded with their readership to elect Rousselot and thereby change the direction of the party. Their plea fell short as close to 200 party members elected Moran as Chair. While the Rousselot campaign did enjoy the very enthusiastic support of these bloggers, it is worth noting that Moran did have the support of a number of other active and influential lefty blog writers.
Moran takes office immediately.
The full statement from the DPVA can be found after the jump.
Democratic Party of Virginia Elects Brian Moran as Chairman
Newport News, Virginia – The State Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia voted today to elect former Alexandria Delegate Brian Moran as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia. Moran, a former Chairman of the House of Delegates Democratic Caucus, will succeed retiring DPVA Chairman Dick Cranwell.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve this great party as Chairman,” said Moran. “I am eager to get to work fighting to expand our majority in the State Senate, and pick up seats in the House in 2011, and building an infrastructure to continue fighting for the values of good jobs, good schools and genuine equality of opportunity that make our party great.
“I want to thank Peter Rousselot for running a great campaign and raising a lot of issues that are important to the success of our party in the future. I also want to thank Dick Cranwell for his outstanding record of service to our party and this Commonwealth, both as a member of the House of Delegates and as Chairman of the DPVA. I am humbled to be asked to follow such a distinguished and effective leader. While I’m sure we will continue to benefit from his participation in our party for years to come, he will be sorely missed as DPVA Chair.”
One-hundred and eighty-four members of the DPVA State Central Committee participated in today’s election as part of the organization’s quarterly meeting.