January 28th, 2009
11:40 AM ET
9 months ago

Richmond mayor endorses Moran for Virginia governor

(CNN) – Among the challenges Terry McAuliffe faces in his bid to become Virginia’s next governor: his lack of deep Virginia roots and limited experience in state politics. His Democratic primary opponents, former delegate Brian Moran and state senator Creigh Deeds, don’t have that problem.

Moran today will announce another local endorsement of note, this time from Dwight Jones, the new mayor of Richmond and the former chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus. Jones said Moran has “a long, proven record of fighting hard for working families in Virginia.”

The city of Richmond, with its majority African-American population, has been Democratic territory for years. The former mayor of Richmond - Douglas Wilder, who was also the nation’s first black governor from 1990 to 1994 - has not endorsed a candidate in the governor’s race.

Both Moran and Deeds have secured endorsements from prominent Virginia politicos. Moran is supported by House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, a number of northern Virginia legislators and several mayors from Hampton Roads, while Deeds has the backing of U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher and state senator Richard Saslaw of Fairfax.

It’s often unclear how fruitful such endorsements are, and McAuliffe - already advertising on television - has demonstrated that that whatever he lacks in institutional support, he will more than make up for with his growing campaign coffers.


Filed under: Brian Moran • Creigh Deeds • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. KJL

    People with big egos and bulging wallets always expect to be welcomed with open arms.

    January 28, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. DG

    Hang in there, Terry. You can and will do it. Best wishes!

    January 28, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Clinton Voter

    Terry McAuliffe can get blood from a stone...these other clowns don't have a chance. Brian Moron and Creigh Deeds had better cover their own 'stones,' lest Terry extract blood from them.

    Go Terry! Hillary voters support you and thank you for your work on Hillary's campaign!

    January 28, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. moose

    Why is this filed under Terry McAuliffe and not under Brian Moran?
    Terry McAuliffe is a joke, and the exact type of person the Democratic party does not need.

    January 28, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. msmiata97

    Jim Moran has always stood up for the people of Virginia, and America and would be a fabulous Govenor. I likeTerry but I didn't even know he lived in Va. until he made his announcement. He should stay in the background and give Jim a chance to keep Virginia going in the correct directions (I couldn't say Right since he's a great Democrat). With Warner, Webb, Kane already in charge, Jim's just right to join the group although I'd miss him as my Congressman.

    January 28, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Michael S

    NewsFlash:

    1. No one cares. We are over elections right now.

    2. Isn't it a bit early?

    3. To these candidates: Go do something. Be productive. You are not using your brain to expand our economy. Go to work.

    4. CNN – here's an idea. No election coverage until the year the election is actually going to ocurr.

    January 28, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Tripp

    The name "Terry McAuliffe" leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Wasn't he the champion of those devisive tactics that almost ripped the Democratic Party in half? My best wishes go out for the good people of Virginia. GO HOKIES! YEAH!

    January 28, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. EC

    Republicans just don't get it do they? I mean how many butt whoopings does it take before Senior Republican men like McCain, Boehner, Spector, etc need? Didn't Nov. 4th make a clear statement of WHAT the American voters DID NOT WANT?

    NO MORE REPUBLICAN IDEALISM IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!

    NO MORE REPUBLICAN IDEALISM IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!

    NO MORE REPUBLICAN IDEALISM IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!

    NO MORE REPUBLICAN IDEALISM IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!

    January 28, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Obama Voter

    Terry, your a tool. LOL

    January 28, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Scott the Independent

    From the way he ran Hillary Clinton's campaign I think Terry McAuliffe should remain UNEMPLOYED as he is clearly not marketable.

    January 28, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. GA for Obama

    Clinton Voter-It's Virginia, an Obama State. Not a Democratic state. There's very few Clintonites in VA.

    January 28, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Gregory H. Brooklyn, New York

    Virginia deserve better than McAuliffe. Terry is a car sales man....

    January 28, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. cnnnewser

    Terry Mcauliffe is not a popular man and he will lose.
    He spent too many years being the Clintons nasty mouthpiece and many have grown to dislike him very much.
    If the democrats are wise they wil not nominate him – they'll nominate someone with more likeable qualities and someone that hasn't spent their career getting the clintons elected.

    January 28, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Giovanni

    GA for Obama:
    Obama only barely won Virginia.

    If we're talking Clinton Supporters vs. Obama supporters, Terry will get Clinton's 40 something percent of voters, and the other two will split Obama's vote 20 something by 20 something... that sounds like a Terry Win... So Clinton votes, if it's left over from presidential race, favors Terry.

    January 28, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Simmy

    Terry McAuliffe and SOS Clinton were despicable in the primaries. What's deep inside comes to the top in trying times. I would not depend on him to keep his word. It's purely political for him and her. I'll do research on the others.

    January 28, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Plus, I can't seem to forget McAuliffe's slavish devotion to the Hillary Beast. His zeal for such a flawed woman indicates a typically craven political hack who should no tbe entrusted with the people's business.

    January 28, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. realist

    OH MY GOD how far off is this election. I guess Terry can't do any thing but run for an office.

    January 28, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. Laverne

    I support the dems most of the time, but I don't think Terry McAuliffe will win VA even with Hillary supporters. His popularity is not all that great in VA. I think he is really going to have a fight on his hand.

    January 28, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Rob

    EC, you're an idiot. In case you hadn't noticed it has been the Democrates who have been in control of Congress since 2006. They had a lower national approval rating then dear old GWB. More home state of Virginia has lost its way and went blue. But I guess if people want to be Democrates and have the government take care of them keep voting that way. But if you want to be a real person who can take care of them self, make your own way in the world then you might vote Republican. By the way can anyone tell me why Democrates typically don't donate and give to charities? Republicans are on the record as bigger givers of their money then Dems. Oh, thats right Democrates want to spend other people's money just not their own.

    January 28, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |