Prepared Remarks by Former Gov. Mark R. Warner
Thank you, Lisa. Thank you for the strength and support you give me.
And thank you, Virginia Democrats!
I look around this room, and all I can say is, we have come a l-o-n-g way.
I remember our Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in 2001. That was only seven years ago. We had no Democrats in statewide office in Virginia. The legislature was two-to-one against us. And the press said the best days for Virginia Democrats were behind us.
But, in 2001, working together, we defied the cynics and the skeptics, and we took back the Governor's Mansion!
In 2005, we built on that success by electing our great Governor, Tim Kaine!
In 2006, we sent Jim Webb to Washington, and turned the U.S. Senate blue!
And in the last three state elections, we've steadily added to our numbers in the House of Delegates!
And just this past year, in 2007, Democrats took back control of the State Senate to give Governor Kaine the partners he needs!
A lot of people have worked to make that happen. But I want to add a special thanks to Amy Reeger, who's been our Party's executive director.
From the statehouse to the courthouse, Virginia Democrats have proven we know how to win.
We know how to lead.