Column by Not Gretchen Bulova:
The Times Dispatch is reporting that Daniel LeBlanc, Kaine's nominee for Secretary of the Commonwealth, has been defeated on a party line vote.
Does it not seem that Leighty-gate may have caused this partisan backlash? Or is it just a coincidence that House Republicans decided to go through with previous threats to block him after backing off those threats in the last couple of weeks.
We could have our first blog "casualty" in Virginia.
UPDATE: By Not Larry Sabato
It's 11:40 p.m. and I just got home from Richmond.
I interviewed Delegate Dave Albo immediately after this vote. I asked him:
"Delegate Albo, you received, perhaps the most crossover votes in Commonwealth in any competitive House race. Well over 10% of your district voted Kaine/Albo. Will you be perceived by these voters as obstructing the Governor they elected you to work with?"
"I'm going to have to clearly explain to all my voters that LeBlanc supported giving jury duty, gun ownership and voting rights to violent felons and drug dealers. When they learn this, voters in my district will support this decision."
Albo also described himself as "outraged" about the brisk restoration of rights under the Warner administration.