Friday, January 02, 2009

Brian Moran Gets Silly

It's only the second day of 2009 and already Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Brian Moran has made a major strategic miscue.

Today, on radio, Moran called upon the other candidates for the Democratic nomination to join him in a pledge to accept campaign contributions only from Virginians. It's a silly pledge and not worthy of Moran.

Obviously, Moran's worried about the fundraising prowess of former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe, who's also running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. McAuliffe's got a nationwide list of contacts and is expected to out-raise both Moran and the other announced candidate, state Sen. Creigh Deeds.

The last thing Moran should do is start the year projecting fear and weakness, and throwing out a silly pledge that no one could take seriously. Indeed, we'd like to know how much money Moran has ALREADY raised from out of state donors.

Moran would be better off, at least in public, disdaining McAuliffe's dollars and focusing on achievements in the Old Dominion.

Project strength, Brian.

A couple more missteps like this one and some of us who are still pretty dubious about McAuliffe may change our minds.

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