Friday, April 6, 2012

What U.S. Senator Mark Warner didn’t say

A sniffing out type blog post:

It was media mania at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Thursday. I mean you couldn’t get a piece of paper between the “gaggle of journalists.”

Former governor Tim Kaine candidate for U.S. Senate and U.S. Senator Mark Warner were touring Virginia campaigning for the senate seat of retiring Senator Jim Webb. There were only two questions taken from the swarm of media before they high-tailed it to the Roanoke Weiner Stand.

The “gaggle” grew even larger at the Weiner Stand. Who could miss a photo op of politicians with their lips wrapped around a gourmet hotdog. Funny how they can still talk politics without spitting out chunks of hotdog – amazing really.

Backing up to VTC – I had no strategy for my reams of questions. Being behind everyone else worked to my advantage though. As Senator Warner did the “dance a little sidestep” around the gaggle I stepped in front of him. He would have had to knock me down and than the gaggle would have turned on me.

Are you planning to run for the Democratic nomination for Virginia governor in 2013, Senator Warner? This is the buzz around the blogosphere. The Washington Post has even picked up on it.

While the Republicans are lining up their 2013 candidates (Cuccinelli vs. Bolling) the Democrats are in lockdown. It was a given that former Democratic primary candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe would be the presumptive Democratic nominee. Now Fairfax Senator Chap Petersen wants to throw his hat into the ring.

The big “but” here is that both say they’ll run only IF Sen. Mark Warner doesn’t wish to take the helm as governor once again. Honestly, as popular as the “gang of six” member is a match-up with either AG Ken Cuccinelli or LT. Gov. Bill Bolling would be a walk in the park for Warner.

So what is taking Warner so long to decide? Well, let’s just ask him.

Warner completely avoided any resemblance to a direct answer and the gaggles know what that means.

With a Cheshire cat grin and me blocking his path (wish I had a TV camera) this is word for word what he said; “The most important thing I can do right now is work on this deficit reduction bill. We’ve got a train wreck coming at the end of the year with the expiration of the tax cuts … the best value I can add … (I interrupt saying “you are not saying no for 2013?) Warner continues, “I would like nothing more than to say that we got our country’s budget fixed in 2012. I don’t know if … me (so you haven’t said no) … he trailed off and got by me.

So I ask you what didn’t he say? Obviously he didn’t say “no.”

How long can Terry McAuliffe and Sen. Chap Peterson sit idle while Cuccinelli and Bolling campaign? Of course it isn’t like Sen. Warner is being “invisible” either.

He didn’t say “yes” but more revealing he didn’t say “no” or “no-way” or “you’re crazy” or “no comment” or “none of your business.” I read into that a very big “maybe.” Is he waiting until November elections are over – campaigning for Kaine and President Obama? As often as he’s expressed how frustrated he is with Washington just maybe he is making sure the Senate will still have a majority before making up his mind and the “gang-of-six” doesn’t fall apart.

Let me put myself in his place. I am very popular and if I want to become governor of Virginia again all I have to do is say so and the DPVA will part the waters for me. In the meantime I will campaign for Tim Kaine and President Obama which keeps me in the spotlight in a “stealth campaign” sort of way.

A win-win for Warner – he stays a senator if the senate holds their Democratic majority or the senate loses the Democratic majority and he jumps ship to be governor of Virginia again.

I know – I know … but he didn’t say “NO.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Commentary, Election 2012, Election 2013, Elections, National, Politics

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Comments (1)

Jack Mcguire

April 6th, 2012 at 4:07 PM    

Warner was a good governor..he is an awful senator. Perhaps being a yes man, and automatically voting party line doesnt suit him anymore. But after voting for the Health Care bill, he will never get my vote again.

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