So much for this story, by the Washington Post’s Anita Kumar, claiming that State Senator Donald McEachin “is considering running for statewide office in 2013.” Here’s McEachin’s response:
Anita, I am not running for Governor. As Vice Chair for Outreach for the Democratic Party, I AM campaigning for and energizing Virginans about our Congressional candidates. As a member of State Senate I AM preparing for the upcoming session and next year’s elections by trying to be the best State Senator I can be. There are a myriad of issues to think about and discuss with the people of Virginia. When you see me do these things, please know that I do them with a deep and abiding love for Virginia and her people. Please know that I do these things because the “fierce urgency of now” demands action. Tomorrow, including 2013, will take care of itself.
Anyways…other names mentioned in Kumar’s article include Terry McAuliffe, who’s widely assumed to be running for governor; Chap Petersen, also a possibility for governor, LG or AG; Del. Shannon Valentine, ditto (?); Sen. Mark Herring, for some statewide office (AG?); Del. Steve Shannon, maybe for AG again?; and Brian “For Profit” Moran. I’d also throw Jennifer McClellan in the mix, maybe Mike Signer, Jon Bowerbank, and probably a bunch more.
P.S. Also, on a somewhat related note, check this out – Alabama Democratic gubernatorial candidate (and U.S. Representative) Artur Davis is moving to Virginia…very interesting.
P.P.S. Of course, Donald would make a superb, progressive candidate for statewide office in 2013 or whenever. As he says, that will “take care of itself.” In the meantime, no matter what he decides to do with his career, we all owe Donald a debt of gratitude for the tremendous work he’s done since January 2010, standing up to the Cucc-insanity, as well as to Bob McDonnell’s phony “moderate” version of Cucc-insanity. Thank you Donald, keep up the great work, and best of luck whatever your future holds!