RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The nation's first elected black governor is calling for Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine's ouster.
In a column Tuesday on the political news Web site Politico, former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder said the Democratic Party has suffered a series of reversals in governor's races and special congressional elections under Kaine's watch.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Wilder said his comments about Kaine, whose term as Virginia's governor expired last month, were not personal. Wilder said he's just disappointed with Kaine's leadership.
Wilder and Kaine were among President Barack Obama's chief supporters in 2008 when Obama became the first Democrat to win Virginia since 1964. Obama chose Kaine to head the DNC after winning the presidency. Wilder supported Kaine in 2005 when Kaine was elected governor.