Column by Not Gretchen Bulova:
The Hotline has come out with a list of "rising stars" in VA politics today. I've cut and pasted a few and included my comments in ().
State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R): The brother of the current VA GOP chair, he's a possible AG candidate in '09. He's "very charismatic." (ha, they must not be paying attention to all the upheavel in the party about his sister or the Republitarian Blog)
Sec/Finance Jody Wagner (D): "A very sharp and hard-working person." Lost to then-Rep. Ed Schrock (R) in heavily GOP VA 02 by just 7500 votes. (She didn't win the VAprogressive poll but she's got a future statewide if she wants one. I think she could take NLS in a statewide primary.)
Fairfax Co. Board Chair Gerry Connolly (D): "He's established" and could make a strong bid for Rep. Davis' VA 11 seat. (He must have responded to this himself and Hotline clearly didn't read the article about feces.)
State Del. David Englin (D): Ran an insurgent race against a group of established Dems in Fairfax Co. and beat them all. (Never thought of him going anywhere for a while, but I guess he could. He has to get re-elected first.)
State Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R): Wife of Rep. Tom Davis (R), she's "always talked about as a potential candidate for LG." "Count her on the short list." (The short-list to what.... Unemployment in '07?)