John Warner won’t appear at Democratic convention

August 10, 2012

We don’t know for sure yet who will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, but there is at least one prominent Virginian who won’t be there — former Sen. John Warner.

Former U.S. Sen. John Warner, right, waves to the Virginia House of Delegates as he and Del. Lacey Putney, I-Bedford, leave the well of the House chamber earlier this year. (Steve Helber/AP)

The idea that the Virginia Republican might cross the aisle to appear with Democrats was floated Friday in a Politico article by Mike Allen. In the piece, which relies on unnamed Democratic sources and party planning documents, Allen writes: “Convention planners are considering featuring a centrist Republican leader on at least two of the three nights. ... And on the final night, Democrats may include a Republican leader — someone like former Sens. John Warner or Chuck Hagel — or a GOP woman.”

It’s not happening, Warner said Friday.

In an e-mail to Allen passed along by his office, Warner, now with the law firm Hogan Lovells, wrote: “Your excellent article of today, August 10th has surprisingly sparked some ’chatter’ that this old, humble soul might be asked to speak. As you know, since I retired I have followed a traditional Virginia ‘golden silence’ as regards politics at all levels. I shall continue!”

When he left the Senate in January 2009, Warner said, it marked the end of his active participation in politics. “Consequently, I will be watching both political conventions ‘from the sidelines’ hoping they will be constructive and informative for the general good of the public.”

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