It's hard enough for Virginia Democrats to care about the state's June 9 Democratic gubernatorial primary between Terry McAuliffe, Brian Moran, and Creigh Deeds, since everyone hates politics now more than ever after that two-year presidential thing that just ended.
McAuliffe is rich and knows Bill Clinton? Moran has a terrorist-loving brother in Congress? The local newspaper endorses Deeds? Fine, throw their names in a hat and pick one, or just write in "Jennifer Aniston," that's this NBCWashington.com contributor's best advice for voters.
But the much more important race on June 9 is one that most voters literally have no idea about: the Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial primary! Because Virginia is insane, and the lieutenant governor position holds its own race in November. The Republicans, as usual, have avoided this whole hassle by picking some arbitrary slob from the crowd at this past weekend's state convention.
Democrats always have to have these long, distracting elections, for everything, when most voters just want to watch teevee instead of learning "positions." We feel your pain. Let's make this quick.
Candidate #1: Jody Wagner. Under both Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. She has three fancy college degrees and the Post has endorsed her.
Candidate #2: Michael Signer. He "served as deputy counselor to Gov. Warner on homeland security and National Guard policy. He also was a foreign-policy adviser on John Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign, and was a member of President Obama’s Veterans Policy Development Team and advised with the administration’s State Department transition."
Eh, the economy's a bigger problem for states now, so it might as well be the money lady that the newspapers like. There. The end.
Jim Newell writes for Wonkette and IvyGate.