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Keam Tapped For Obama Campaign's 'Virginia Truth Team'

Vienna-Oakton delegate, other Democrats to stump for President across 2012 battleground state

Del. Mark Keam and U.S. Rep Gerry Connolly were appointed to the Obama re-electon campaign's 'Virginia Truth Team' this week,  joining Rep. Jim Moran and a host of other Democrats to aid in spreading Obama's campaign message and responding to attacks from his opponents.

After narrowly carrying Virginia in 2008, the Obama campaign expects a tough race this year, especially after Republicans took control of the General Assembly last year. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is also often mentioned as for Mitt Romney. 

"President Obama’s record should speak for itself," Del. Scott Surovell (Fairfax) said in a press release. "[B]etween the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, preventing a complete collapse of the economy, ending the War in Iraq, saving the auto industry, the capture of Osama Bin Laden, raising fuel efficiency standards, repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell," and reforming the financial sector, the president and his administration have a lot to be proud of." 

Other Northern Virginia democrats on the team include Surovel, Sen. Adam Ebbin (Alexandria), Del. Charniele Herring (Alexandria), former Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (Arlington) and Fairfax County Democratic Committee Chair Cesar del Aguila, according to the Washington Post.

Amelie Krikorian February 15, 2012 at 09:41 PM
The auto industry was not worth saving. If American cars are not selling it's because their reliability and performance are not as good as the imports. the answer is not to bail out the companies and allow them to continue underperforming, the answer is to force them to either make better cars or go bankrupt. I had a Dodge Grand Caravan that had to have 5 transmission repairs in 18 months -- I am never going to buy a Chrysler product again. In contrast, my husband drives a 10 year old Prius hybrid which still has the original battery and over 140k miles. I think we average 1 repair a year on that car, as old as it is.
Wien February 15, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Saving the auto industry is in the rear view mirror, that Presidential interference already happened...with mixed results, some companies will end up prospering and paying back, some definitely will not. , with Cadillac (GM's luxury brand) being in the top 3 this year for quality/dependability with Lexus and Porsche per JD Power. Actually Buick (of all things), Ford, and Lincoln all ranked above average for the past few years, beating out many Japanese imports and well above the European brands (only Porsche and Mercedes ranked above average). But you're right to never buy a Chrysler product. The three brands under their umbrella - Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler - are consistently the bottom 3 in the JD Power Initial Quality Survey. Outside the general public fallacy that "imports are always more reliable than domestic", the industry had bigger issues to work out than just supply-demand, and they've made some of those hard choices with respect to unions, partnerships, and off-shoring. A bigger problem at GM and Chrysler was management - and the government can't fix that. All credit and respect to Ford for making hard decisions in the past few years, including mortgaging the blue oval at one point, to offset debt and invest in the right technologies and management - they avoided taking government money and are consistently beating out imports in JD Power and Consumer Reports design and quality surveys.
Wien February 15, 2012 at 11:45 PM
The whole "Truth Team" title is just silly. Both sides have statistics and spin...and both sides have been proven time and time again to be factually incorrect in those statistics and spin. So if Obama has the "Truth Team" of fact checkers waiting to assault any media source with a different version of the record...will there be another team of fact-checkers checking the fact-checkers? The neverending cycle continues. Brace yourself for median signs.
David Salzberg February 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Amelie, The US Auto industry was worth saving for a few reasons: 1) the number of additional jobs that would have been lost may have been a fatal blow to the economy, 2) for national security reasons, we need the manufacturing base, and 3) they are now making good products. The reason why Ford did not need the bailout, but GM (and Chrysler did) is Ford crashed earlier when it was possible to borrow money. GM needed the money in the fall of 2008 when none was available. The total bailout was about 85 billion; all but 14 billion were paid back. WIth 200,000 GM employees, the cost to the taxpayer for the the unemployment (about 20 billion) and lost taxes (about 2 billion) far exceeds the cost of the bailout.
Joe Brenchick February 16, 2012 at 02:56 PM
“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics”.’ Mark Twain
Carol Lewis February 16, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Congratulations to Del. Keam. I hope you will continue to fight the Republican war on women in the Va State Assembly and in the Obama Campaign.
patchfan February 16, 2012 at 03:52 PM
War on women. Another great talking point. Ugh. Can't we please talk about the real issues? Debt, spending, jobs?
Joe Brenchick February 16, 2012 at 07:41 PM
It’s so much easier for the Left to demonize the Right and hurl insults than it is to simply admit their mistakes, take ownership of a problem and reach a solution.
Carol Lewis February 18, 2012 at 01:36 PM
And just what would you call the bills in the Assembly to take away women's reproductive rights? These bill affect your mothers, daughters, sisters, girlfriends, all the women in your life. I call that a war, not a talking point.
Carol Lewis February 18, 2012 at 01:40 PM
The same is true for the Right...both sides do this.

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