The LuLac Edition #527, July 29th, 2008
PHOTO INDEX: FORMER VIRGINIA GOVERNOR LINWOOD HOLTON AND HIS SON IN LAW, CURRENT VIRGINIA GOVERNOR TIM KAINE.
There is now talk that Barack Obama may be interested in picking Virginia Governor Tim Kaine as his Vice President. This is intriguing for a number of reasons.
1. Virginia has not been a Democratic State in Presidential politics since 1964. By picking Kaine, it puts the state in serious play.
2. There is a connection with Obama’s black roots. Both he and Kaine were born in Kansas but more importantly Kaine is the son 8in law of former Virginia Governor Linwood Holton. Holton was the first Republican elected in the state since Reconstruction. More importantly he was a hero many blacks in the state because as a Progressive Republican, he integrated schools quickly and had his children (one of them now Kaine’s wife) attend Richmond public schools. Holton is revered on a bi partisan basis in Virginia and his political pedigree has rubbed off on his son in law.
3. Unlike the other people Obama is looking at, Kaine is not a Washington insider. Obama has articulated to some that he would like an out of Washington running mate who can help him affect change from within. Kaine seems to fit that bill.
4. The only negative Kaine seems to have is his lack of foreign policy experience.
Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator and a fxture Alaska politics since before statehood, was indicted Tuesday on seven counts of failing to disclose thousands of dollars in services he received from a company that helped renovate his home.
Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter said, "I've known Ted Stevens for 28 years and have always known him to be impeccably honest”.
DEMS WITH DOUGH
In the 10th and 11th Congressional races, the Democrats seem to have the edge in fundraising and cash on hand. This points to the power of the incumbency. Congressman Carney and Kanjorski have over a million dollars on hand (that estimate is conservative) compared to their foes Chris Hackett and Lou Barletta’s totals of under half a million each. If money is the mother’s milk of politics, the Dems have a very big lead.