The chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, Brian Moran, was the guest on last night's episode of the Inside Scoop. Considering the developments in Virginia politics over the last week and the JJ Dinner coming up this weekend, Brian's appearance was extremely timely. During the hour long program, Brian and host Catherine Read discussed a variety of topics including the race to replace Jim Webb and the recruitment of candidates to run for the General Assembly.
The most newsworthy portion of the show came during the discussion about Jim Webb's retirement. As can be expected since he's the DPVA Chair, Brian made it clear that he would support whoever becomes the Democratic nominee. He then went on to point out that Virginia definitely some well qualified candidates and said that, among the names that had been mentioned, he “can make a case for anyone.” He also stressed that while there are people expressing support for various candidates, “we all agree that we want a Democrat in the Senate.” He also highlighted how we were in a very similar position at this point in 2005, which was the year before Webb was elected. When you combine that with the fact that we have various people who have demonstrated an ability to win elections who might run for Senate, Brian argued that it would be wrong for the Republicans to think they had an easy road to winning the seat back.
While he praised all of the people being considered for Senate, it became clear as the campaign progressed that Brian thought Tim Kaine would likely be the strongest candidate. An example of this belief came when he suggested Kaine had a leg up on everyone else being considered because he’s won statewide. At the same time, he argued that the online activism taking place right now was good for the Party when I called in to ask him what he thought about the various online “Draft [insert candidate] for Senate” groups that had been starting (at the 30 minute mark). He pointed to the events in Egypt as a prime example of how social media can lead to real change. What he did stress, however, was that he believes it's extremely important that we all come together to support the eventual nominee.
For those who want to get a glimpse of the entire interview, I posed video of the entire show below. Brian's appearance begins at the 15 minute mark.