When politicians come to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia they had better know how to shake a leg on the dance floor as well as pick and grin.
A mandatory stop for all candidates seeking office is the Friday Night Jamboree, a weekly bluegrass music gathering in the small, one-stoplight town of Floyd.
Mark Warner visited the Jamboree frequently and also held town meetings at the Floyd Country Store while serving as governor of Virginia. His first statewide tour when he ran for the U.S. Senate included a stop at the Friday night Jamboree and he brought former Gov. Tim Kaine — currently running for the second seat in the Senate against former Senator and governor George Allen.
“I know if I want votes in this part of Virginia, I’d better make a stop at the Jamboree,” Democrat Kaine told Capitol Hill Blue on his most recent visit.
Most politicians know it’s not smart to dress up in a suit when you come to rural areas but Creigh Deeds, a Democrat who ran for governor two years ago, didn’t get the memo.
He showed up in a suit.