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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Coro Alumnus to be Obama's VP Pick?

Both Politico and the Washington Post are suggesting that Coro alumnus, Tim Kaine, may be selected as Senator Obama's running mate. Although Coro alumni have served in every administration since President Eisenhower, this would be the highest level public servant for the venerable leadership development organization. Just weeks ago, he was considered a dark horse in the Veepstakes but his stock continues to rise.


The Virginia Governor went through a Coro training program in Kansas City and is part of a national network of more than 10,000 leaders in local, regional and national/global businesses, nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies and elected public office. Now in its sixth decade after launching in San Francisco, Coro has grown to include centers in six cities: San Francisco (1947), Los Angeles (1957), St. Louis (1972), Kansas City (1975), New York (1980), Pittsburgh (1999), and a new Executive Fellows program in Cleveland (2005).

Kaine, an early Obama supporter whose biography nicely dovetails with the Illinois senator’s, "ranks very, very high on the short list," said a source who has spoken recently to senior Obama aides about Kaine. - Amie Parnes and Ben Smith, Politico

Picking Kaine would seem to satisfy many considerations Obama has recently laid out. During an interview with Tom Brokaw on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, the presumptive Democratic nominee said he was looking for someone who shares his desire to change Washington politics.

Kaine, a former Richmond mayor, would bring outside-the-Beltway credentials to the campaign. The relationship the two share would seem to fit with Obama's desire, as he said, for someone "with independence -- who's willing to tell me where he thinks, or she thinks, I'm wrong." And the governor probably would bolster Obama in Virginia, where the campaign is making an all-out push. - Michael D. Shear and Shailagh Murray, Washington Post

Coro is a nonprofit, non-partisan educational institute supported by foundations, corporations and individuals. Coro alumni in public office (from California) include U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congressman Jerry Lewis, state Senator Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen and others. Coro Southern California's 2nd Annual Summer Family BBQ will be held next month on August 17th in America's suburb, the San Fernando Valley.

(Full Disclosure - I am a consultant with Coro Southern California and also a former staffer and program participant).

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kaine - a perfectly forgettable choice

July 29, 2008 11:07 AM  

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July 29, 2008 11:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This earthquake is George Bush's fault. Obama will make sure we never suffer another one of these George Bush earthquakes again!!!

July 29, 2008 12:04 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Coro is like the political version of Scientology.

July 29, 2008 12:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is always entertaining to watch the Liberals kiss-up to the blue-collar beer swillin' NASCAR watchin' SUV drivin' not-so-cultured ordinary white folks they despise so much.

July 29, 2008 12:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dianne Feinstein, Jerry Lewis, Alex Padilla and Debra Bowen are not names to brag about. Especially Padilla. Good Lord.

July 29, 2008 1:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It costs $500 to go to that BBQ! I'd rather eat for free with Tony Villar in Pacoima!

July 29, 2008 3:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kaine is an excellent choice. He is a pro-free trade democrat from a traditional red state. He is a white southerner.

Rich Karlgaard of Forbes Magazine praised him for being more in the mainstream on economics than the rest of his party.

Still think Richardson would be a better choice, though.

July 29, 2008 11:29 PM  

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