President Obama’s reelection campaign rolled out its “Virginia Truth Team” on Monday, part of a national effort to enlist surrogates to push back against attacks on the incumbent’s record.
Members of the team, which includes several prominent Virginia elected Democrats, can be expected to appear regularly in the media as November approaches, especially since the state is viewed as a key battleground by both parties. The campaign also announced the launch of a new Web site — www.barackobama.com/truthteam.
“The election is still nine months away, but the Republicans and their special interest allies have already launched unfounded, dishonest attacks to try to smear the President’s record,” said Brian Moran, chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, in a release announcing group.
(The full Truth Team membership is listed after the jump.)
Virginia Republican Party spokesman Garren Shipley mocked the effort.
“The fact that it takes a team of more than 20 people to spin the President’s record of failed policies makes our point about his legacy of failure better than anything else we could say today,” Shipley said.
Rep. Gerry Connolly, VA-11
Rep. Bobby Scott, VA-3
Rep. Jim Moran, VA-8
Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones
Don McEachin, Democratic Caucus Leader, State Senate
David Toscano, Minority Leader, Virginia House of Delegates
State Senator Mamie Locke, VA-2
State Senator John Edwards, VA-21
State Senator Louise Lucas, VA-18
State Senator Adam Ebbin, VA-30
Delegate Scott Surovell, VA-44
Delegate Charniele Herring, VA-46
Delegate Jennifer McClellan, VA-71
Delegate Mark Keam, VA-35
Gaylene Kanoyton, First Vice-Chair of DPVA, Hampton Democratic Committee Chair
Fred Hudson, Second Vice-Chair of DPVA, 5th District Chair
Cesar del Aguila, Fairfax County Democratic Committee Chair
Steve Cochran, Montgomery County Democratic Committee Chair
Former State Senator Mary Margaret Whipple
Paula Miller, Former State Delegate