DPVA Chair Brian Moran stepping down.
Brian Moran, former Virginia delegate and candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2009 took on the chairmanship after Richard “Dickie” Cranwell stepped down in 2010. Moran took some heat from progressives over his day job as an advocate of “for-profit” colleges at a time when President Barack Obama was admonishing them for unrealistic career and earnings claims. Moran quit his job over a year ago to fulfill his DNC Chair duties he said. He said in May he needed to get another job after the election.
Delegate Charniele Herring of Alexandria, an outspoken advocate for women’s reproductive rights has been handpicked to replace Moran. Herring appeared on MSNBC and spoke forcefully against the Republican controlled General Assembly as they passed a bill to require an ultrasound be performed prior to an abortion. The ultrasound was said to be an unnecessary medical and burdensome expense meant to be a roadblock for a women’s right to end a pregnancy.
Moran in announcing that he will step down said in a statement:
“Being the Chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia over these past two years has been one of the great honors of my life. I am proud to have led a party that played a substantial role in the statewide effort to reelect President Barack Obama and send Tim Kaine to the United States Senate, and laid the foundation to continue our momentum and elect our candidates in 2013 and beyond.
“As we all know, Virginia Democrats do not have the luxury of a year off from critical elections. So as we deservedly savor our November victory it is time to turn the page on 2012 and gear up for 2013. Accordingly, the transition of chair should occur now and not in the middle of next year’s elections.
“As I begin the next chapter of my journey I fully anticipate continuing to play a visible role advocating for our Democratic candidates and contributing however I can to the betterment of our party and the Virginia families we serve. As much as I have enjoyed being a full-time volunteer for this great party, I am looking forward to returning to the working world and of course spending time with my amazing and supportive wife Karyn and our two wonderful children.
U. S. Senator Mark Warner chimed in saying, “Having served as state party chairman myself, I understand and appreciate the significant time and effort put-in by Brian over the last two years to strengthen the Party from the grassroots level. And as we demonstrated during last week’s elections, our Party is stronger, more diverse and genuinely energized because of his work. I join Virginia Democrats in thanking Brian for his service as chairman.”
U.S. Senator-elect Tim Kaine: “I am immensely proud of the leadership Brian has provided our party over the last two years. His commitment to engagement in all corners of the Commonwealth has made the party stronger and expanded our capacity to achieve success in every region of Virginia. Under Brian’s leadership, the Democratic coordinated field effort this year exemplified the best of grassroots campaigning and will serve as a template for future campaigns.
“I am enormously grateful to Brian and his wife Karyn for their service to the Commonwealth and the Democratic Party. Anne and I wish Brian the best in his future endeavors and know he still has many years of dedicated service to our Commonwealth to come.”
Terry McAuliffe, candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor said, “Brian Moran has been an extraordinary Chair of the Virginia Democrats and is a powerful voice for the values and priorities of Democrats across the Commonwealth. The best measure of Brian’s tenure is the result: President Obama’s historic win in Virginia and Governor Kaine’s election to the US Senate. The legacy of Brian’s full-time dedication is a strong Democratic Party of Virginia that successfully elected mainstream candidates who fight for the middle class and stands ready to continue the fight to move our Commonwealth forward in the years to come. Democrats across Virginia have been very lucky to have him as our Chair.”
Moran’s resignation will become effective at the next meeting of the Democratic State Central meeting on December 8th in Williamsburg. At that meeting the Central Committee will elect a new chair in accordance with the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Party Plan.
Memories of Democratic primary debate in Blacksburg hosted by Ben Tribbett (notlarrysabato) in 2009: