The contest for the next Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia is heating up as Brian Moran announces his candidacy for the position and launches a website and Facebook page in an effort to win the seat.
As you may remember, I supported Brian Moran in the 2009 gubernatorial primary, and while I may not have always liked the way he ran his campaign, I continue to believe that he was the best candidate for the job at that time. I endorsed him, volunteered, and stayed with the campaign right up till the end, which is more than what I can say I’ve done for other Democrats who have been too afraid to stand on principal in their effort to appease both the conservative wing of the Democratic Party and independents who easily swing to the right.
Admittedly, I’m still very new to the Virginia political scene. I was Obama’d into politics, but I’ve stuck around. I’ve been blogging about politics since 2008, after becoming involved in the Obama primary and general campaigns. I became involved in the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee in 2009, and then the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia. This year, I was elected Treasurer of the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee and Vice-Chair for Technology and Communication for the LGBT Caucus. I’ve stayed involved, stayed connected, and I’ve been paying attention.
I’m a progressive first and then a Democrat. I struggle to support Democrats who won’t stand for progress locally, in the commonwealth, or nationally. When the alternatives are Bible thumping conservative ideologues like Bob McDonnell, Ken Cuccinelli, Bob Marshall, and Scott Rigell, I give the support I am able in order to counter their vision of government and civil rights. I do this because I don’t want to live in the world they envision.
That’s why I supported Brian Moran for Governor of Virginia, and that’s why I am supporting him now for Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia. I am supporting Brian Moran as DPVA Chair because he’s been there for the people of the commonwealth, and for other Democrats throughout every corner of Virginia. From job creation to the environment, he’s been there to fight for what is right and needed in Virginia. We need a Chair who has the experience to move Virginia Democrats onward to electoral successes in order move Virginia forward. Brian Moran is a someone we can trust to move us in the right direction. If we want to see success, we need a leader who will breath new life to the DPVA, and lead the fight for our common principals. Brian Moran should be our choice. He’s been there, and will be there, and that is why I am supporting him as the next Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia.
I’m not a member of the DPVA Central Committee, so I don’t have a vote on who will be the next Chair. I hope that those of you who are, or know someone who is, a member of the Central Committee will support or let your support be known for Brian Moran. Now, as much as ever, we need to show Virginians what Democratic values are, how those values will better their lives, and that we’re willing to fight for those values. Brian Moran is the leader we need in order to take on that challenge.