McGuireWoods LLP has long insisted that it is bipartisan, but such highly visible and overtly Republican partners over the years as former Virginia governors John Dalton and George Allen have made that a tough sell.
In what appears to be an effort to counter that Republican image, the firm, in the words of its press release, “is hosting a gala reception honoring Virginia Governor Tim Kaine during next week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO. Governor Kaine is being recognized because of his remarkable career of service and success, which promises to continue well beyond the end of his term as governor.”
Kaine is on the short list of those presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is considering for vice president. And even if he doesn’t make the cut, he was an early supporter of Obama, and they appear to be close personally as well as politically.
Not that the firm is running away from its Republican connections. “The firm will be hosting a similar reception at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN, next month,” according to the release.
By Alan Cooper