Trippi Takes on the Macker

By Caitlin Taylor

Jan 21, 2009 11:19am

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: The campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Virginia is shaping up as a battle that will pit some of the most recognizable names in national Democratic politics against each other.

For those who are pondering the future of the Democratic Party in the Obama era, it’s worth tracking closely.

Terry McAuliffe, the former DNC chairman and chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign last year, is running for governor in 2009.

And now comes word that one of his rivals, Brian Moran, has enlisted Joe Trippi — the former campaign manager to Howard Dean, McAuliffe’s successor at the DNC — as his media director.

In Trippi’s telling, McAuliffe apparently represents the politics of yesterday, while Moran represents the politics of … President Obama.

“We cannot go back to the way politics was. Like Obama, Brian Moran embraces a politics powered by the people, empowering supporters, not relying on millions of high-dollar donations and the status-quo party establishment,” Trippi wrote Wednesday on Daily Kos

“And we need a candidate who understands Virginia, a leader who has lived in Virginia, a man that doesn’t just search for political opportunity, but has been there in the trenches fighting for working families. Brian has spent two decades fighting for people — working to raise the minimum wage, expand health care for every child, and raise teacher salaries.”

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