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Campaigns and Elections
Sean O'Brien was the keynote speaker at a recent gathering of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. O'Brien shared the Sorensen perspective on this year's campaignsâ€”underscoring his hopes that Virginians will demand more positive, ethically-centered, issue-driven political campaigns in the future. The meeting was held at Keswick Hall outside Charlottesville on Wednesday evening, November 1.
Sean O'Brien was a "Live at 5" guest on CBS 19 in Charlottesville on Thursday, October 5. The interview focused on the role of character in the George Allen/Jim Webb senate race.
MEDIA ALERT: Incumbent Senator George Allen and challenger Jim Webb will discuss the issues in a nationally televised debate on Meet the Press this Sunday, September 17, with Tim Russert. This one-hour event will be broadcast live. Click here to find out where to watch in your region.
Greg Schuckman, a graduate of the Political Leaders Class of 1998, is running in a nationwide election for an at-large seat on the Board of Directors for the Association of Community College Trustees. Having received the nomination of the southern region, Schuckman is one of six candidates vying for three seats. The election will be held on October 13. Good luck Greg!
Coy Barefoot took a journey into the blogosphere this past week on "Charlottesville--Right Now" when he interviewed two of the Commonwealth's most well-read and respected political bloggers: Republican Shaun Kenney of ShaunKenney.com and Democrat Lowell Feld of RaisingKaine. Both interviews focused on the Senate race between George Allen and Jim Webb--including a discussion of the impact, if any, of Allen's "macaca" remark.
Sorensen alumni and friends may enjoy the Wall Street Journal's Battleground States Poll webpage which tracks polling in this year's U.S. Senate and Gubernatorial races. The headline polling news in Virginia this morning is that challenger Jim Webb has pulled slightly ahead of incumbent George Allen--still within the margin of error but up from up from a double-digit deficit less than eight weeks ago.
The Washington Examiner quotes Sean O'Brien in today's issue in an article titled "Webb Raises Nearly $100K Through Web Site."
Sean Oâ€™Brien, executive director of the Sorensen Institute for
Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, said it was
imperative for Webb to grow his campaign war chest this month to
convince people he can be competitive in the fall. â€œWeâ€™re in
August now, and itâ€™s hard to get campaigns to get traction in August.
Itâ€™s one of the most important times,â€ he said.
Sorensen Executive Director Sean O'Brien was quoted in today's issue of the Washington Examiner regarding the U.S. Senate Race in Virginia:
"...a University of Virginia political expert warns that without a
large fundraising push this month, Webb will likely not be able to
compete with incumbent George Allen. According to federal
campaign finance records, as of June 30 Webb has raised $1.1 million in
funds, compared to the $10.3 million that Allen has raised.
going to take Webb several million to be competitive,â€ said Sean
Oâ€™Brien, executive director of the Sorensen Institute for Political
Leadership at the University of Virginia. Oâ€™Brien said the amount
of money being raised will likely be a self-fulfilling prophecy â€” if
Webb begins to raise money, more is likely to come in, as more voters
will believe he has a chance to defeat Allen. However, if he cannot
improve fundraising, it will be difficult to convince people to
This just in: College Leaders Program Class of 2006 graduate Brady DeRemer has accepted an internship with the Republican Party of Virginia in the First Congressional District, doing work on Senator George Allen's and Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis' re-election campaigns. Brady will be assisting both camps for the rest of the summer and then on through the November 7 elections.
Political Leaders Program Class of 2003 graduate Adisa Muse (shown here with former Lieutnenant Governor John Hager), has traveled to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) where he served as a consultant during the elections that were held there yesterday.
Muse is working with Dr. Oscar Kashala, one of over 30 candidates that stood for the Presidency yesterday-- the first free multi-party elections in the Congo in 40 years.
Muse reports in an email that results of yesterday's election might not be known for a couple of weeks-- at which time the top two vote-getters will compete in a run-off election for the Presidency.
Click here for more information and background on these historic elections.
Click here for the latest news from the UN, which is helping to oversee the elections.