The Draft Mark Warner for President
committee was an effort to promote the candidacy of former Governor of Virginia Mark Warner
. It was founded the day after the 2004 presidential election
by Democratic Party
activist Eddie Ratliff of Virginia. On October 23, 2007, the Draft Warner for President Committee received a letter from the Federal Elections Commission
(FEC) in response to the committee's , dated October 2, 2007, and was allowed to terminate its affairs and . Warner had announced his intent to become a Senate candidate prior to the committee's letter to the FEC.
Ratliff created the 2004 Virginia for Wesley Clark
network and was a lead organizer for Clark’s Virginia ballot initiative. Clark was the last to enter the democratic primary in Virginia and the first on the ballot. Soon after the website, http://www.draftmarkwarner.com was created, Ratliff was joined by Steve Deak and Eddie Hartman who were also initial Co-Founders of the draft movement. Steve Deak was a Loudoun County Democratic Party Chair and County Coordinator for Gov. Warner’s 2001 campaign, and became the Southern Regional Director for Draft Mark Warner committee. Hartman, a partner at LegalZoom
, worked on efforts in Southern California. Delegate Onzlee Ware, of the Virginia House of Delegates
and PR professional Mike Smith served as the Official DMW Spokespersons.
After the election of Governor Tim Kaine
in November 2005, the committee had activity in dozens of states, conducting... Read More