From the category of "How do you sleep at night?"
Tim Kaine spokesperson Mohammed Elleithee has developed quite the resume in just a few years as an attack dog. Here's the last few campaigns:
1999: Press Secrerary for Rep. Tom Udall (D - NM)
1999-early 2000: New Hampshire Press Secretary for Bill Bradley
late 2000: Press Secretary for Chuck Robb
2001: Campaign Manager for Mark Warner
2002: Campaign Manager for Janet Reno
late 2002: Deputy Campaign Manager for Bill McBride
2003: Press Secretary for Bill Graham
early 2004: New Hampshire Press Secretary for Wesley Clark
2004-present: Tim Kaine campaign
Elleithee knows what he has to do to move up the the operative world - Attack, Attack, Attack. Here's what he had to say
about Jerry Kilgore's resignation:
Kaine spokesman Mo Elleithee issued a statement late Monday night criticizing Kilgore's decision to resign. He said the decision to quit means Kilgore "broke a promise" he made to Virginians three years ago. "Maybe he's spooked. On the same day that he learned Tim Kaine was matching him dollar for dollar in fundraising, he bails from the job in order to cheat Virginia's campaign finance laws," Elleithee said. "That's a heck of a lot to betray just to be able to raise a few campaign dollars. That's not leadership. That's just pathetic."
So far so good, right? No one begrudges Kaine and his spin machine the right to take a shot. Except Elleithee and the Democrat attack machine slammed Mark Earley in 2001 for, you guessed it, NOT resigning
Check out this Tyler Whitley article from the R-TD, February 21, 2001.
The general chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Virginia said yesterday that Attorney General Mark L. Earley should resign because he is blurring the lines between his official duties and campaign activities.
So Which It?
"He owes it to the public to put to rest - now - concerns that he is misusing the attorney general's office and his official, taxpayer- funded office staff to further his political career," said state Sen. Emily Couric, D-Charlottesville.
Anne Kincaid, a consultant to Earley's campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, said he would not resign.
Historically, candidates have waited until the nomination before stepping down, she said. Gov. Jim Gilmore did not resign as attorney general to run for governor four years ago until June, after the GOP primary. He was not opposed for the nomination. Attorney General Mary Sue Terry, also unopposed for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, resigned in January 1993, after Republican demands that she step down.
Democratic Attorney General Gerald L. Baliles did not resign to run for governor until mid-June 1985, after the party's nominating contest. His opponent for the Democratic nomination, then-Lt. Gov. Richard J. Davis Jr., had dropped out before then.
Earley is opposing Lt. Gov. John H. Hager for the GOP nomination. The nominee will be chosen at a state convention June 1-2.
Couric said she is not calling on Hager to resign because his job is part time.
"Mark Earley officially announced for governor on Nov. 28 of last year," Couric said. "He should have resigned then."
A spokesman for Mark R. Warner, the likely Democratic candidate for governor, stopped short of calling on Earley to step down but said, "He is in a tough nominating battle."
"He hasn't shown the ability to campaign and do his job as attorney general sufficiently," Mo Elleithee, Warner's press aide, said.
Like Couric, Elleithee criticized Earley for having three press aides on his staff and for posting news releases issued by his office on his campaign Web site. He also said Earley has campaigned during state hours. Earley was in a Presidents Day parade in Northern Virginia Monday, he said.
Kincaid called on Warner to "stop hiding behind surrogates."
"Obviously, Mark Earley is the GOP candidate Mark Warner fears the most," she added.
Warner, who is scheduled to announce his official bid for the Democratic nomination March 8, said that representatives of the party's liberal and conservative wings will head his campaign. Former 5th District Rep. L. F. Payne will be Warner 2001 campaign chairman and Rep. Robert C. Scott, D-3rd, will be chairman of the Virginia coordinated campaign.