Introducing Virginia’s next governor to viewers

Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe thanks his supporters at a campaign party in Tysons Corner, Va., on Nov. 5, 2013.

Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe thanks his supporters at a campaign party in Tysons Corner, Va., on Nov. 5, 2013.

It was like a repeat of Nov. 6, 2012. Just a different candidate in a different Virginia city.

The setup at gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s campaign party in Tysons Corner, Va., reminded me a lot of covering Tim Kaine’s party in Richmond last year. However, this year, things became a bit more hectic.

First of all, my station held an election special from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., so that was an additional two liveshots from the party, on top of my 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. hit. Around 9:30, I began gearing up for the 10 p.m. hit. I interviewed Virginia’s House Minority Leader, cut a soundbite and began sending it back to the station. I wrote some bullet points in my notebook that I wanted to touch on in my liveshot. I dabbed some makeup on my cheek to cover up a razor nick from shaving earlier in the morning.

Around 9:50, I tweeted the following:

Live report on WAHU FOX27 in 10 minutes from #McAuliffe HQ. Lots can happen in 10 minutes. #VAGov

I jinxed it.

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Years of Covering the Clintons

President Bill Clinton spoke in Charlottesville on Oct. 30 to campaign for Terry McAuliffe.

President Bill Clinton spoke in Charlottesville on Oct. 30 to campaign for Terry McAuliffe.

Since college, the Clinton family has always found a way into my life.

On Wednesday, President Bill Clinton found his way to the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville to campaign for his buddy, Terry McAuliffe, who’s running for governor of Virginia.

I was one of a handful of reporters inside the theater for the event. Clinton is an engaging speaker. He’s very understated, he has a dry sense of humor, and he’s got some sort of deadpan delivery. It’s just fun to watch.

Covering Clinton this week made me think back to 2008. It was a time when then Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were fighting for the Democratic nomination for president. The Pennsylvania Primary was the first call for voters in six weeks, and the race was contentious.

Chelsea Clinton went to Philadelphia a handful of times. At one event, she spoke at a small restaurant in Fairmount. As she schmoozed with the crowd afterward, I stood on top of a chair with my camera to try getting some different shots. That’s when I met Felipe, the Secret Service agent who lifted me up and brought be down.

I covered primary night for The Temple News, and I was at the Clinton victory party at the Bellevue. I was a junior in college, playing ball with CNN, Fox News and some reporter from Australia who was standing next to me. As the night progressed, I was feeling pretty awesome.

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