“All life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Brian Moran will be a great new Chair for the Democratic Party of Virginia.
First, Brian is a leader – he is a man of action and passion. He is a former Arlington County prosecutor, served 12 years in the House of Delegates, chaired the House Democratic Caucus, and ran for Governor in 2009. He can help craft and deliver the messages that Virginians need to hear from the Democratic Party, direct the State Party staff, and invigorate our party structure.
Second, this fall we will elect the General Assembly and local offices, and there is no one more suited to candidate recruitment and support than Brian. He took over the House Democratic Caucus after the disastrous 2001 election, where, as a result of GOP redistricting, we went from 47 members in the House to 34. Under Brian’s leadership – from 2001 to 2008, we went from 34 Democratic seats to 46, a terrific achievement for the Democratic Party.
Third, Brian has worked to help Democrats from all parts of Virginia organize and he has support throughout the Commonwealth.
Fourth, Virginia Democrats need to money to hire good field staff, build organization, and elect candidates. Brian knows how to raise money.
Fifth, Brian is committed to party fairness, openness, and reform and will lead a reinvigorated Central Committee and help build local committees and outreach to important constituencies.
Finally, I have a lot of respect for my friend Peter Rousellot and I look forward to continuing to work with him, and those who support him, as well.