Kaine Will Not Announce This Weekend


    According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

    Former Virginia Gov. and current Democratic National Committee chairman Timothy M. Kaine will not announce whether he intends to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Jim Webb until later in the month or early next month, a DNC official said Thursday.

    Brad Woodhouse, communications director for the DNC, said that Kaine will discuss the vacancy at Saturday’s Jefferson-Jackson Democratic fundraiser in Richmond and thank the many supporters who have encouraged him to run. Then he will take more time to consult with his wife and family.

    In other words, enjoy the JJ Dinner, but it looks like there won’t be any big news coming out of Richmond this weekend.

    • sallybee

      …it seems to me the more likely it is he will run.  My guess is the more people he consults the more he will be told he needs to seek the seat.

    • pontoon

      he is really struggling with this.  After all, he said less than a month ago he didn’t want to run for elected office again.  Maybe he wants the DPVA to do some polling to see how he and other possible candidates would fair against George Allen.  If he believes someone else can win, perhaps he’ll bow out.

    • WaHokie

      …that there are a lot of folks on the ground at the JJ letting attendees know why Tom is another (and better) option.

      While on the one hand, I see some selfishness in Kaine dragging this out, on the other, credit deserves to be given to him for not rushing into this thing. It seems he was genuine when he said earlier he wanted to keep  his current job, and he’s likely just being continually bombarded with pols placing the weight of the Senate balance on his shoulders. A strong showing of Tom supporters at the JJ can be a healthy reminder to those in the bubble that it isn’t TK or bust!

    • richmonder

      I like Tom Perriello a lot and would campaign for him in a minute, but Tim Kaine has the profile that makes him a very strong candidate. And it’s 6-7 years of his life that is on the line. So I’m inclined to give him time to work this out, whatever the considerations may be. Trying to second guess an important highly consequential decision like this is unfair, especially for someone with Kaine’s demonstrated commitment to public service. The election is nearly 2 years away, for heaven’s sake.  

    • If my husband were to tell me that he was thinking about taking on a responsibility of the US Senate (and all of the politicking, fund raising and public appearances that this would entail for BOTH of us) I would certainly want some time to think about it, and what it would mean for us and our family.  That isn’t unreasonable, and isn’t something that could be decided over a week’s time, especially when there are so many public opinions out there saying what someone should or should not do.  I would think the same if Tom Perriello had made the same statement.

      Look, we just came through a brutal election where the Deeds’ were obviously facing marital difficulties, and I have a hard time believing that this didn’t seriously impact his ability to campaign.  There is plenty of time to get this ball rolling — let the Kaine family (or the Perriello family or any other candidate) take the time they need to make sure everyone is on board.

      (Meanwhile, there is nothing to keep the DPVA from bashing Republicans!!)

    • realclearwin

      It might be interesting to see a new(er) poll however…given that all the stories about who it may or may not be could have bumped Toms name rec. a bit.

    • Say What

      the Kaine people didn’t consult with me.