Last night, Democrats gathered in Richmond for the Democratic Party of Virginia’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. Usually these types of gatherings are not my thing. But I may have missed out by skipping this year’s dinner. There was celebration that the Commonwealth gave its electoral college votes to a Democrat for the first time in 40 years, but there was bickering among the candidates to replace Gov. Tim Kaine, who is term limited.
Former President Bill Clinton keynoted the evening and apparently kept his promise not to publicly mention Terry McAuliffe, despite the fact that he endorsed McAuliffe candidacy for Governor at a New York City fundraiser earlier in the month. According to news reports, the Macker and fellow Gubernatorial candidates Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds threw a few elbows. That’s to be expected I guess, but I am not sure how it helps us in November.
Here’s a round up of the news coverage. I will add to this post as stories appear:
The Washington Post: Gubernatorial Hopefuls Trade Jabs at Jefferson-Jackson Dinner and Dems Party at the JJ
Richmond Times-Dispatch: Clinton: Party Must Hold Support
Associated Press: 3-way governor primary takes an edgy tone at gala
Associated Press: Bill Clinton: Don’t ruin victory with partisanship