"Look at him - he's so dignified," said Jean Lane as she watched her husband, Ed, push his candidacy for Virginia attorney general among dozens of people at a cocktail party here yesterday.
"Ed is not the type to go to parties," she said. "He's the type that you go to if you want a bill put through."
Although he is not an enthusiastic campaigner, State Del. Edward E. Lane is considered a favorite to win Democratic attney general nomination in the June 14 party primary.He is running against attorney JOhn Schell and State Dels. Erwin 'S. (Shad) Solomon and John L. Melnick.
Campaigning in Franklin, Newsoms, Boykins (where he met two people), Courtland and here yesterday, Lane stressed his 24 years in the Virginia General Assembly and his 28 years as an practicing attorney.
"I'm Ed Lane, and I'm running for attorney general," he said as he handed out his white 'brochure that describes his legislative and legal career.
In Franklin, he pumped hands ina shoe store, a women's clothing store, a florist shop, banks, City Hall, and a real estate company.
As he shook hands with druggists in a Courtland drugstore, one man responded, "We've for you 100 per cent."
Lane was partly responsible for a measure that increased the fee paid to pharmacists for prescription reimbursements on Medicaid payments.
"I think when the local man (Republican Wyatt Durrette) last last week, your stock went up," a realtor in Franklin told Lane as he campaigned.
Durrette, who opened his campaign for the Republican nomination for attorney general in his hometown of Franklin, last week lost that bid at the Republican state convention.
Lane has "been a very key man in the General Assembly," said Paul Saunders, chairman of Keep Virginia Beautifu, Inc., and a Lane supporter.
"Businesses like him," Saunders said. "They have always supported him because he believes in fiscal responsibility and accountability."
Lane describes himself as "a friend of all people" and not just business. "I do believe in fiscal responsibility. I think people who are in business believe in fiscal responsibility."
Lane said his decision to leave the legislature and run for the state attorney general office was a difficult one.
"I was in an extremely influential positions as chairman of the Appropriations Committee," he said. "I guess 24 years is a long time for someone to serve in the Virginia legislature," said Lane, who added he was interested in expanding his activities in the state.
Although he was once a supporter of Virginia's former policy of massive resistance to racial desegregation in the schools. Lane has been endorsed by the 4,000-member Cedar Street Memorial Baptist Church of God in Richmond, the largest black church in the state.
"The church civic league examined his credentials and decided he was the best candidate, Dr. Benjamin Robertson, church pastor, said of Lane, who contributed $250 to the church's building fund.
"It (the money) was given as an offering to the church and there was no pressure for the money," Mr. Robertson said. "Most of them (the candidates) who come to church contribute money."