There’s a familiar face popping up in the ads and campaign mailers of Virginia state Senate Democrats.

It’s not President Obama, who some distanced themselves from last week during his trip to the commanwealth. It’s Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican who some of these same Democrats said was too conservative for Virginia during his 2009 election.

Sen. George Barker (Fairfax) features McDonnell in his latest TV ad and on his Web site. Sens. John Miller (Newport News), Janet Howell (Fairfax) and Toddy Puller (Fairfax) have him in campaign mailers. (You can find many of those ads here, helpfully located on the Republican Party of Virginia Web site.)


These are some of the same Democrats who McDonnell is plotting to replace with Republicans in next month’s elections — and the same ones who plotted against his initiatives during the last General Assembly session.

But these days. with partisan rancor at an all time high and McDonnell’s approve ratings in the 60s, a little bipartisanship may go a long way.

“The governor’s picture is currently giving the Pottery Barn catalog a run for its money in the category of most likely to be found in Virginia mailboxes,” McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin quipped.