U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott didn't make the cut for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, but the Newport News Democrat is dipping into Virginia's primaries.
Scott is publicly supporting Virginia Beach Democrat Jody Wagner, who is running for lieutenant governor against Mike Signer.
Scott has good street credentials with Virginia's political insiders after serving in Richmond for years before jumping to Washington.
But will Scott weigh in on the top of the ticket in the June 9 primary?
So far Virginia' leading Democrats have stayed on the sidelines — Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, Sen. Jim Webb and Sen. Mark R. Warner are all steering clear of endorsements.
But there have been questions about who Scott is supporting in the three-way fight between Terry McAuliffe, Brian Moran and Sen. Creigh Deeds.
Rumor has it that Scott has been wearing a McAuliffe sticker on the inside of his lapel — and there's also a picture floating around of Scott at a McAuliffe headquarters wearing a McAuliffe sticker.
That's not exactly a smoking gun — if you've been to a political event you've probably ended up with a random sticker stuck to you like a partisan "kick me" sign.
But the underlying question is what is Scott's cost-versus-benefit for jumping into the race?
Scott doesn't want to back the wrong horse and become ammunition for Republican Bob McDonnell, and he certainly doesn't want to create a rift with the next governor, whoever it turns out to be.
He doesn't really need to have an amazing working relationship with the entire General Assembly, but he probably doesn't want to bury two longtime lawmakers who have diligently served for years and are well respected within the state party.
So what are the positives for Scott speaking out?
Will.i.am versus Del. Mary Christian If you tune in to Hampton Roads radio stations over the next week, you'll get a glimpse at the competing campaign strategies from Democrats Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe.
McAuliffe just released two new ads. One features former President Bill Clinton and one features will.i.am, the hip-hop star who did a barnstorming tour through the state for McAuliffe along with old school rapper Biz Markie.
Will.i.am talks about how McAuliffe actively campaigned to help President Barack Obama win the White House. "Together, we made it. We elected Barack Obama our president."
McAuliffe gets the benefit of attaching himself to Clinton and a star inextricably linked to Obama's campaign — thanks to the "Yes we can" video — and dominating the airwaves with the Black-Eyed Peas song "Boom boom pow."
So McAuliffe snags attention while Moran touts the local leaders who are backing his campaign.
Moran has locked down endorsements all over the state from sheriffs to school board members — and a large group of Hampton Roads mayors came out to support his campaign in December.
Just this week, Moran picked up another handful of endorsements from Hampton Roads officials, including Hampton City Councilmen George Wallace and Paige Washington.
Moran's latest radio ad drops so many names I'm surprised he didn't break a toe. Hampton University President William Harvey and Dels. Lionell Spruill and Jeion Ward to name a few.
And so we're back to the clash that has been an undercurrent in this race since McAuliffe first started mulling a run for Virginia's executive mansion.
McAuliffe can bring in the stars — celebrities who snag headlines and attention during a sleepy campaign. Moran and Sen. Creigh Deeds cannot hope to outshine McAuliffe, but they can draw on the contacts they have made over years in the General Assembly.
Del. Mary Christian might not have the number one single in the nation, but she'll drive old school voters to the polls on a June Tuesday.
So who drives more votes — Mary Christian or will.i.am?
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