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Long-Rumored DPVA Shakeup Finally Comes to Pass: Brian Moran Out, Charniele Herring In as Chair

by: lowkell

Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 19:33:00 PM EST

There have been rumors floating around about this for weeks (actually, months, come to think of it), but Not Larry Sabato has now officially broken the long-anticipated story of a major post-election shakeup at the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA).
This week, Brian Moran will be announcing his resignation as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia.

Soon after, Charniele Herring will be announcing her candidacy for the position, with the public endorsements of Moran and Terry McAuliffe.

Mark Warner has consented to McAuliffe picking the new party Chair which means it is certain that he will stay in the U.S. Senate and that McAuliffe will be the Democratic Nominee for Governor in 2013.

Executive Director Dave Mills has already been asked to submit his resignation, and his position is going to be combined with the coordinated campaign director position next year.

Personally, I'm just happy to see DPVA moving on, getting some new leadership, and gearing up for what's going to be a war in 2013 against the uber-villain, Ken Kookinelli. Should be fun!  Also, as much as I haven't been a Brian Moran fan, I must say that from what I've heard, he's done everything asked of him the past few months, and he DID quit his horrible "day job" a while back, so I'm feeling a bit better (less bad?) about him these days. Finally, congratulations to Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), who I'm confident will do an excellent job as DPVA Chair. As 10th CD Chair Charlie Jackson puts it, "I think she does a good job as House Whip. I think she's dedicated, progressive, has built relationships with Dem groups. I hope she can help us focus some more on what happens in Richmond." Oh, and I'd add that if the "powers that be" are wise, they should keep Clark Mercer on as political director, or better yet promote him to executive director. We'll see...

P.S. Like Ben, I've also been hearing strong rumors that Mark Warner will NOT be running for governor next year.

P.P.S. Stay tuned for some more interesting 2013-related news tomorrow Thursday! :)

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Me too! (0.00 / 0)

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Another Disaster..... (4.00 / 1)
for the DPVA.  

When will we learn that having a legislature/former legislature as head of the party accomplishes absolutely nothing in terms of building the party long term.  All they do is attempt to use the position to fulfill their long term goals rather than building a party infrastructure or seek to extend the clout/interests of current office holders.  In addition, so much of their time is spent with legislative business, fund raising, etc., that they simply can't devote the amount of time it takes to build party infrastructure.  It's amazing that so many on this site that have been so critical of the DPVA are celebrating this choice.        

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I've been critical mostly of Brian Moran (0.00 / 0)
I think Charniele Herring will do a great job in leading DPVA back to competence, relevance, etc.

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Doubters not welcome? (0.00 / 0)
I agree with BatCave and posted an earlier comment very skeptical of the new DPVA chair, her record in the GA, etc. But apparently it's been taken down along with three replies. What's happening here?

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What's happening is there's a comments rating system (0.00 / 0)
in use here, just as at many other community blogs, and enough Blue Virginia community members gave that comment a low rating to "hide" it.

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Which can lead to abuse... (0.00 / 0)
All it takes is two "0" ratings to hide a comment. Since you've got two votes with your "lowkell" and your "Blue Virginia" account and you personally don't like a comment, you can wipe it off the board by casting your two votes. Poof, it's gone. There's no trace feature to see what's been hidden and no setting to view hidden posts.

It's an efficient process, but it's harmful for real two-way discussion.

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Here's the ratings that took your comment down... (4.00 / 1)
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A good start would be to change your handle (0.00 / 0)
I've been blogging for several years as "The Richmonder."  Your handle, "Richmonder," is confusing to readers who may confuse you with me.

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Charniele (0.00 / 0)
Most    excellent news

Yes! (0.00 / 0)
Any change is good. I will agree that Brian Moran has performed better in the last few months (in part because the OFA manpower and money took the spotlight off the DPVA). I, too, have heard rumors that Mark Warner is staying in the Senate. His coyness may well have come from waiting to see if Democrats kept control of the Senate. Since we did, he's in a position to be influential as he contemplates his next post (need we say what he wants next....)

A great first step ! (4.00 / 1)
I hope it opens the way to comprehensive and systematic revitalization of the DPVA.

Many on this board have good ideas about what could and should be done.   Now is the time to get them out, discuss them, and come up with a plan of action progressive Democrats in Virginia can get behind.

One thing I would like to see - and I think it needs to begin sooner rather than later - is a sincere and open outreach to DPVA volunteers to join local party organizations and become a strong institutional backbone to support future campaigns.

I'm sure others have other specific suggestions.  Please share them.

Very skeptical (2.00 / 5)
Does anyone believe that Ms. Herring is up to the job at DPVA? She's been unimpressive in the GA and shown little professisonalism as a legislator. One would hardly know she's a trained lawyer. What makes her qualified for this new post?

This person is not J.C. Wilmore (4.00 / 1)
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Glad you said that (0.00 / 0)
I was wondering last night.

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Oh, great... (0.00 / 0)
Next thing, you'll tell us your're not Larry Sabato.

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I think Delegate Herring will do a great job (0.00 / 0)
She did a great job of mobilizing support and serving as spokeswoman during the General Assembly, particularly on women's issues.  She's old pals with Rachel Maddow now, and so has something of a national platform. She's a great choice.

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Yes, she'll do a great job! (0.00 / 0)
What on earth are you talking about?

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Huh? (0.00 / 0)
Charniele was the best spokesperson for us women during the vaginal probe (and other anti-women legislation) discussions. I can tell you that many of us Democratic women are supportive of Charniele.

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And this (0.00 / 0)

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I think Charniele (4.00 / 1)
is great.  But I just have to ask, where does it say in the Party Plan that Sen. Warner, or Terry McAuliffe get to choose the DPVA chair?  We are supposed to be the DEMOCRATIC party, correct?  Shouldn't it be open to anyone who might want to run?  

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Good point. (0.00 / 0)
Last time around, there was much wailing here about the chair being picked by insiders. Or was that just because commenters didn't like the result?

Seems to me that before endorsing any choice, it would be helpful to hear more about plans for a really energetic coordinated campaign with a strong ground game next year.

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