So much bloggity goodness going on in the Virginia Democratic blogosphere, but a few recent posts on House races stand out:
Kenton over at 750 Volts nails comparative updates on fundraising for some key House races in NoVA:
First quarter fundraising for Bruce Roemmelt: $30,636.87
First quarter fundraising for Bob Marshall: $7,689.78
Ratio: 4 to 1
First quarter fundraising for Dave Marsden: $22,258.99
First quarter fundraising for Michael Golden: $? [No report!]
First quarter fundraising for Greg Werkheiser: $100,137.72
First quarter fundraising for Dave Albo: $10,550
Ratio of blowout: 10 to 1
Average Werkheiser contribution: $246.64
Average Albo contribution: $1,055
Ratio of big-money to grassroots: 4.2 to 1
Percentage of Albo contributions from corporations: 83%
Percentage of Werkheiser contributions from corporations: 1%
Cash on Hand, Werkheiser: $86,507.38
Cash on Hand, Albo: $37,621.11
Kenton also covers Greg Werkheiser's announcement speech on Saturday, with some great photos of the event.
Lowell at Raising Kaine has further coverage of Greg Werkheiser's kickoff event, including a really useful summary of excerpts of Greg's fine speech:
In particular, he told the moving story of how a man named Bill Day believed in him enough to help him attend the College of William and Mary, which his working-class family couldn’t even come close to affording. In exchange, Bill Day told Greg Werkheiser that he needed to do three things: 1) get good grades; 2) leave William and Mary a better place for having been there; and 3) put himself in a position to one day do the same thing for somebody else. And this, it seems, forms the basis for Greg Werkheiser’s political philosophy: public service as a privilege and a joy (”the fire burns hottest when you are of service to other people”). Wow, you certainly don’t hear THAT much nowadays, do you?
The first fundraising appeal I received from Greg in the mail told the same moving story of Bill Day's support for Greg's college education, and I actually kept the letter because I thought it was one of the most moving, compelling direct mail fundraising appeals I'd ever read.
Greg is running a fantastic campaign, and I'm sorry I missed the chance to hang out with fellow bloggers Lowell Feld, Kenton Ngo, and Waldo Jaquith at the event. (Waldo called Greg's speech "so good that my own regret is that we, the audience, didn’t measure up to receiving it. And that’s really saying something.")