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McAuliffe talking about the “party”, not DNC in critical comments

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It is the kind of declaration that could make for awkward company for a current statewide candidate and one who hopes to be a statewide candidate. Terry McAuliffe, a former and potentially future, candidate for governor of Virginia, was captured on camera giving his frank and brutal assessment of the national democratic party.

Take a look at his remarks at a fundraiser for Del. Scott Surovell.  The interesting stuff hits at about 6:40 of this video:

(h/t to Blue Virginia)

McAuliffe did not hold back on the state of the party, calling it a “disgrace” with “no message”.   He went on to say that the huge losses in the 2010 election were shameful.

The comments lead a few prominent democratic bloggers to draw a connection between McAuliffe’s statements on the democratic party to the national organization responsible for managing its operation, the DNC.  A DNC that was run by Chairman Tim Kaine during the time McAuliffe is critical of.

Kaine of course, is seeking the democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

McAuliffe aide Levar Stoney told me that the blogosphere went too far.

“It doesn’t relate to Governor Kaine at all,” said Stoney. “Terry believes Kaine was aggressive in his role as Chairman, but he didn’t get any help.”

Help, Stoney said from the hundreds of democratic candidates across America who ran in 2010.  McAuliffe believes that many of them did not take the advice of Kaine to push and own the accomplishments of President Barack Obama. By going out on their own, McAuliffe contends the message became muddled.

“If we don’t have a message the Republicans will define it,” he can be heard saying on the video.

Stoney said that this stance is not anything McAuliffe is hiding from and that he has made the point numerous times since the election.  In fact he delivered almost identical remarks at the recent Loudon County Jefferson-Jackson. A dinner that was also attended by Tim Kaine.


Written by Ryan Nobles

May 11, 2011 at 6:17 pm

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  1. Ryan, you say in your post that “a few prominent democratic bloggers” drew connections that were critical of Tim Kaine, but in fact there is only one: Ben Tribbett. And Ben Tribbett can only be described as a Democratic blogger if you first insert the qualifiers “disgruntled” or “rogue” in front of Democratic.

    The Richmonder

    May 11, 2011 at 9:06 pm

  2. Ben was not the only one to post about it.. He was the only one I linked to. I was also pointed to the post by several others through email.

    Ryan Nobles

    May 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

  3. As a “prominent Democratic blogger” myself, I have been unable to locate another post where another “prominent” Democratic blogger explicitly drew a connection between McAuliffe’s comments and Kaine’s performance. I am aware that the video was posted at Blue Virginia, but looking at that post I do not see where anyone made the “leap” that Ben Tribbett made.

    Tribbett is not a prominent Democratic blogger–he is certainly not “a few Democratic bloggers.” Mr. Tribbett is a “marginally” Democratic blogger. You would do well to dig a little deeper into Mr. Tribbett’s motivations before citing him as a source.

    The Richmonder

    May 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm

  4. I’d love to know how The Richmonder defines prominent if he uses that term to describe himself. There’s probably no political blog less read in Virginia than his.

    Not Larry Sabato

    May 11, 2011 at 9:36 pm

  5. Also in defense of Ryan, many people would call twitter “micro-blogging” and there were numerous people on there this afternoon making the same point I made. I don’t think someone needs a Web 1.0 blog in order to be called a “blogger”.

    Not Larry Sabato

    May 11, 2011 at 9:44 pm

  6. Well, well, well–I seem to have touched a nerve. Ryan, you and I should have lunch or grab a cup of coffee soon. There’s a lot of background information I can provide to you. I think it could add a lot of depth to your reporting.

    The Richmonder

    May 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm

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