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Mike Signer Announces He Will Not Be Running for AG in 2013; Endorses Sen. Mark Herring

by: lowkell

Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 10:03:55 AM EST


Mike Signer's announcement is not unexpected (it's been rumored for weeks, just like the shakeup at DPVA), but it's great to see him providing a thoughtful, classy statement, including a strong endorsement of Sen. Mark Herring for AG next year. The fact is, we will need the strongest team - not to mention a unified one - on the field in 2013 against what will likely be one of the most extreme, radical Republican tickets ever to run in Virginia, or in just about any state for that matter.
Dear Lowell:

The Office of Attorney General in Virginia is a powerful institution for both good and ill.  I've worked with the Office for many years, as counsel to then-Governor Mark Warner, as a voting rights attorney, and in my own private practice working with growing Virginia companies.  I've been deeply concerned by Ken Cuccinelli's abuse of the office's powers, which I have spoken about often through the New Dominion Project PAC.

I was very flattered when Democratic leaders around Virginia asked me last year to consider a run for Attorney General.  This summer, I began exploring a campaign, and I was gratified to receive support from every corner of the Commonwealth, including over 50 sitting Democratic chairs; dozens of current and former elected officials, including Members of Congress, Commonwealth's Attorneys, State Senators and Delegates, Mayors, and Sheriffs; leaders of major progressive organizations; and leaders within the Virginia Bar.

However, I also was impressed by the campaign of my friend, Senator Mark Herring.  I know that Mark has the values, temperament, and track record to undo the damage of the Cuccinelli years and to be a strong and effective Attorney General for all Virginians.

With the Party's recent choice of a primary rather than a convention, it's clear that Mark and I are both facing a costly and divisive primary, with a ruthless and well-financed Republican Party ahead.

With those factors in mind, I have decided it will be best to avoid putting the party, my family, and my supporters through such a process in the coming year.  I'm pleased to announce my support of Mark for Attorney General, and I encourage all my supporters and all Virginians to do the same.

As for the future, I've been an active Virginia Democrat for almost 20 years, and the years ahead will be no different.  Most immediately, I'm focused on electing Mark and our other candidates next November.  To that end, I encourage you to visit www.herringforag.com to sign up for Mark's email updates, to connect with him on Facebook and Twitter, and to support his campaign politically and financially.

Thank you.

Mike

P.S. In other 2013 news, Terry McAuliffe has named Robby Mook and Levar Stoney as his campaign manager and deputy campaign manager, respectively.

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MIKE SIGNER ENDORSES MARK HERRING FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Leesburg - Former counsel to Governor Mark Warner and New Dominion Project PAC Chairman Mike Signer announced today that he will not seek the Democratic nomination for Attorney General in 2013 and is throwing his support behind State Senator Mark Herring (Loudoun/Fairfax).

"I was flattered when Democratic leaders around Virginia asked me last year to consider a run for Attorney General," Signer stated.  "I began exploring a campaign this summer and was gratified to receive support from Democratic officials and activists from across Virginia.  However, faced with a potentially costly and divisive primary, I have decided to do what I believe is best for our party and, therefore, I will not be running for Attorney General in 2013."

"I have been very impressed with the campaign of my friend, State Senator Mark Herring," Signer stated.  "I know that Mark has the values, temperament and track record to undo the damage of the Cuccinelli years and to be a strong and effective Attorney General for all Virginians.  I am very happy to support him for Attorney General and encourage all my supporters and all Virginians to do the same."

"Mike Signer is a leading voice in our Virginia Democratic Party and I am grateful to have his support," Herring stated. "I look forward to working with him in this campaign to take politics out of the Attorney General's office and return the focus of the office to doing what is right for the people of Virginia.

"With the Republican Party poised to nominate another ideological firebrand to succeed Ken Cuccinelli, it is critical that Democrats come together around a nominee with experience and a record of legislative accomplishment and electoral success if we are going to retake this office for the first time since 1989," Herring stated.

Mike Signer joins a growing list of Democratic elected officials and party leaders from across Virginia who have endorsed Mark Herring for Attorney General:

Hon. Mayme Bacote, Member, House of Delegates (Hampton)
Hon. Lamont Bagby, School Board Member (Henrico)
Hon. George Barker, Member, Virginia Senate (Fairfax)
Hon. Anton Bell, Hampton Commonwealth Attorney (Hampton)
Steve Bunn, Secretary, Democratic Party of Virginia (Fairfax)
Hon. Susan Buckley, Former Vice Chair, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (Loudoun)
Hon. Kelly Burk, Member, Leesburg Town Council (Loudoun)
Hon. Dave Butler, Member, Leesburg Town Council (Loudoun)
Hon. Evan Clark, Member, Winchester City Council (Winchester)
Hon. Chuck Colgan, Member, Virginia Senate (Prince William)
Hon. Michael Doucette, Lynchburg Commonwealth Attorney (Lynchburg)
Abbi Easter, Chair, 7th Congressional District Democratic Committee (Chesterfield)
Hon. Adam Ebbin, Member, Virginia Senate (Alexandria)
Hon. John Edwards, Member, Virginia Senate (Roanoke City)
Hon. Paul Ferguson, Clerk of Court (Arlington)
Hon. Eileen Filler-Corn, Member, House of Delegates (Fairfax)
Hon. Mike Fleenor, Pulaski Commonwealth Attorney, Chair, Pulaski County Democratic Committee (Pulaski)
Hon. John Foust, Member, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (Fairfax)
Hon. Paul Fraim, Mayor, City of Norfolk (Norfolk)
Hon. Michael Gillette, Mayor, City of Lynchburg (Lynchburg)
Hon. Penelope Gross, Member, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (Fairfax)
Bob Haley, Chair, Hunter Mill District Democratic Committee (Fairfax)
Gracie Hensley, Chair, Norton City Democratic Committee (Norton)
Hon. Charniele Herring, Member, House of Delegates (Alexandria)
Hon. John Hill, Member, Winchester City Council (Winchester)
Rose Mary Holbrook, Vice Chair, Wise County Democratic Committee (Wise)
Hon. Edd Houck, Former Member, Virginia Senate (Spotsylvania)
Hon. Janet Howell, Member, Virginia Senate (Fairfax)
Hon. Algie Howell, Member, House of Delegates (Norfolk)
Charlie Jackson, Chair, 10th Congressional District Democratic Committee (Loudoun)
Hon. Matt James, Member, House of Delegates (Portsmouth)
Hon. John Jenkins, Member, Prince William County Board of Supervisors (Prince William)
Hon. Joe Johnson, Member, House of Delegates (Abingdon)
Herbert Jones, Chair, New Kent County Democratic Committee (New Kent)
Hon. Greg Kallen, Former Norton City/Wise County Commonwealth Attorney (Norton/Wise)
Hon. Dana Lawhorne, Sheriff, City of Alexandria (Alexandria)
Hon. Mamie Locke, Member, Virginia Senate (Hampton)
Hon. Louise Lucas, Member, Virginia Senate (Portsmouth)
Hon. Fred Luntsford, Member, Wise County Board of Supervisors (Wise)
Evan Macbeth, Chair, Loudoun County Democratic Committee (Loudoun)
Hon. Anthony Martin, Nelson County Commonwealth Attorney (Nelson)
Bob Martin, Vice Chair, Veterans and Military Families Caucus, Democratic Party of Virginia (Hampton)
Hon. Marty Martinez, Member, Leesburg Town Council (Loudoun)
Suzette Matthews, Former Chair, 1st Congressional District Democratic Committee, Democratic Party of Virginia (Fauquier)
Hon. Robert McCabe, Sheriff (Norfolk)
Hon. Donald McEachin, Member, Virginia Senate (Henrico)
Hon. Steve McGraw, Clerk of Court (Roanoke Co.)
Hon. Jeff McKay, Member, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (Fairfax)
Hon. Brent McKenzie, School Board Member (Virginia Beach)
Hon. Delores McQuinn, Member, House of Delegates (Richmond)
Hon. John Miller, Member, Virginia Senate (Newport News)
Hon. John Montgomery, School Board Member (Henrico)
Hon. Gabriel Morgan, Sheriff (Newport News)
Evelyn Morris-Harris, Chair, Democratic Black Caucus of Virginia, Democratic Party of Virginia (Chesterfield)
Hon. Ross Mugler, Commissioner of the Revenue (Hampton)
Hon. Martha Mugler, School Board Member (Hampton)
Hon. Douglas Mullins, Commissioner of the Revenue (Wise)
Hon. Tyrone Nelson, Member, Henrico County Board of Supervisors (Henrico)
Hon. Ralph Northam, Member, Virginia Senate (Norfolk)
Hon. Sheila Olem, Member, Herndon Town Council and Chair, Women's Caucus, Democratic Party of Virginia
Hon. John Peace, Former Member, Wise County Board of Supervisors (Wise)
Hon. Ken Plum, Member, House of Delegates (Fairfax)
Sharon Ponton, Chair, Nelson County Democratic Committee (Nelson)
Hon. Earnie Porta, Mayor, Town of Occoquan (Prince William)
Hon. Frank Principi, Member, Prince William County Board of Supervisors (Prince William)
Hon. Phillip Puckett, Member, Virginia Senate (Russell)
Rachel Rifkind, Past Chair, Women's Caucus, Democratic Party of Virginia (Fairfax)
Hon. B.J. Roberts, Sheriff (Hampton)
Hon. Anthony Roper, Sheriff (Clarke)
Hon. George Schaefer, Clerk of Court (Norfolk)
Hon. Richard Shelton, Treasurer (Montgomery)
Hon. Ronnie Short, Member, Wise County Board of Supervisors (Wise)
Hon. Mark Sickles, Member, House of Delegates (Fairfax)
Noah Simon, Candidate for School Board (Arlington)
Hon. Frank Thornton, Member, Henrico County Board of Supervisors (Henrico)
Hon. Patsy Ticer, Former Member, Virginia Senate (Alexandria)
Hon. Luke Torian, Member, House of Delegates (Prince William)
Hon. David Toscano, Member, House of Delegates (Charlottesville)
Hon. Kristen Umstattd, Mayor, Town of Leesburg (Loudoun)
Hon. George Wallace, Vice Mayor, City of Hampton (Hampton)
Hon. Molly Ward, Mayor, City of Hampton (Hampton)
Hon. Bill Watson, Sheriff (Portsmouth)
Hon. Vivian Watts, Member, House of Delegates (Fairfax)
Hon. Mary Margaret Whipple, Former Member, Virginia Senate (Arlington)
Hon. Robert Williams, Treasurer (Hampton)



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