The Wakefield Ruritan Club, the organizer of the longtime event, announced last month that former U.S. Senator and current GOP candidate George Allen would be the Keynote Speaker for this event. It is unusual for a current candidate to keynot the event. According to Roll Call, Kaine was also offered the opportunity to be a co-keynoter, but declined.
"Governor Kaine has already campaigned in the region, as recently as last week, and will campaign again there many times between now and Election Day," Kaine spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine said in a statement. "Tomorrow, he'll be meeting with veterans and military families in Hampton Roads and women business leaders in Chesterfield working to expand the strong coalition we've already built that will help us win in November."Kaine also missed the event last year, which occurred just after he entered the race. Is it possible that Kaine is following the Obama campaign strategy of ignoring working class white voters?