Sunday, June 7, 2009

Virginia Primary

On Tuesday, Virginia will hold the primary election that I wrote about here. Only the Democrats have a contested primary for governor.

The three-way Democratic race is still close. Terry McAuliffe, a former aide to President Clinton, is the best-known candidate nationally. This Washington Post report describes support for McAuliffe by leading Democrats outside of Virginia.

Clinton staff members have a mixed record, in their own candidacies for elective office.

Erskine Bowles, who was Clinton's chief of staff in 1997 and 1998, twice lost elections for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina.

Rahm Emanuel, a White House aide from 1993 to 1998, has been more successful than Bowles. Emanuel recently gave up a safe seat, and a lower-rung party leadership position, in the House of Representatives, to return to the White House, as chief of staff to President Obama.

Also, one might count Hillary Clinton in this category. She, of course, won two U.S. Senate elections, and lost a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Here is a 2006 FOX News report, mainly centered on Clinton Administration figures who served, not in the White House, but in the executive departments.

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