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Will ‘Supercaffeinated’ Terry McAuliffe Lose Today In Virginia?

June 9, 2009

We here at Caffeinated Politics sure hope so.  Not because he is ‘supercaffeinated’, (but I do like that description) but because I think of him as smarmy and arrogant, and too easily swayed from principle all in the name of a win.  That is not my style of politics.  And I trust it will not be the Virginia way either.

When Virginia voters go to the polls Tuesday in the Democratic primary for governor, they will choose among three candidates who have distinguished themselves more by personality than politics during the fight to continue their party’s recent winning streak in this historically conservative state.

The candidates are Terry McAuliffe, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee; State Senator R. Creigh Deeds; and Brian J. Moran, a former member of the House of Delegates. The winner will oppose the Republican candidate, Robert F. McDonnell, in November. Mr. McDonnell, a former state legislator, was Virginia’s attorney general until he resigned in February to seek the governorship.

The incumbent governor, Tim Kaine, a Democrat, is prevented by law from seeking a consecutive term.

The race is one of two elections for governor this year — the other is in New Jersey — and both national parties are strongly involved.

A close ally of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mr. McAuliffe, 52, is a multimillionaire businessman with an outsize personality who held an early lead in statewide polls based largely on his ability to out-talk and outspend his opponents.

But his supercaffeinated style, dependence on out-of-state donors and lack of experience in state politics have undercut his popularity among some voters and undermined his claim that his national stature makes him the man to beat Mr. McDonnell.

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