Warner's not running
Dem and former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner says he’s not running in 2008. Ho hum. He seemed to be doing a dance with the blogosphere by appearing at Yearly Kos (MyDD’s Jerome Armstrong was hired on by Warner), but he decided that he won’t make the run because he wants to have “a real life.”
Now the jockeying for the not-sHillary centrist position begins. Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) thinks he’s got the edge and wasted no time issuing an air-kiss statement about Warner’s bow-out. (ABC):
“Governor Warner is an exceptional public servant, a great leader, and an influential voice in the Democratic Party. I know how tough a decision that this must have been. Mark Warner has much to contribute to the national debate and I look forward to working with him to make our future everything it can be,” said Bayh.
Bayh and Warner were often competing for a similar sphere of donors and activists as representatives of the centrist wing of the Democratic Party.
…Warner’s withdrawal from the 2008 “Invisible Primary” is also, no doubt, welcome news for former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC), Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA), Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM). All four of those Democrats would certainly like to assume the role as the main alternative to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic nomination fight throughout 2007 and into 2008.
As governor, Warner added sexual orientation to state employment protections.