Never be afraid to stand with the minority when the minority is right, for the minority which is right will one day be the majority. - William Jennings Bryan

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Beyer Out; Who's In?


(Former Governor Jerry Baliles and Former Congressman L.F. Payne)

According to extremely reliable sources that I spoke with today, former Lt. Governor Don Beyer will not be challenging incumbent Republican Senator George Allen in 2006. According to the source, Beyer is content in the car business, with three Northern Virginia dealerships and one to be opened soon in Winchester. Beyer is, however, reportedly considering a political comeback. He has talked to aides about running for the Senate in 2008, when Senator John Warner may retire, or run for another statwide office in 2009. (FYI: Beyer is not a lawyer, so he is likely considering running again for Lt. Governor.)

So, with Beyer out, who is in? A different source confirmed to me that former Congressman and 1997 Lt. Governor nominee L.F. Payne, is considering mounting a challenge to Allen. Payne is still popular in his former Congressional district, and is a jovial and personable campaigner, who could potentially give Allen a hot contest.

The same source also mentioned former Governor Gerald Baliles as a potential challenger to Allen. But, at 66 in 2006, Baliles may pass on the race unless he see's he can have prolific fundraising success.

More to come on this story...

Deeds v. McDonnell, TN Senate, Catherine Baker Knoll should resign.



PaDem said...

Hey Neal, Im PaDem from poltics1, I'm in the same boat as you, and will also be a senior come August, whats your sn man?

Neal said...

Actually, I don't have one at the moment. I'm meaning to sign up for one. I'll let you know once I do. I didn't know you were in high school. Us young Democrats have to stick together, you know!