June 10, 1991 |
The feud between Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder and Sen. Charles S. Robb (D-Va.) continued as newspapers published what they said were transcripts of a tape of a Wilder phone conversation. Wilder is quoted as discussing newspaper stories saying the state police "had to shut down their investigations" in Virginia Beach because Robb was present at parties under surveillance for possible drug and gambling violations.
September 15, 1994 |
Independent candidate L. Douglas Wilder, trailing badly in new polls, is set to announce his withdrawal from the U.S. Senate race in Virginia, a source close to the candidate said. Wilder had abruptly left the campaign trail and returned to Richmond. His aides said the campaign would have a statement today. In deciding to drop out, Wilder cited polls and his inability to raise the money necessary to compete against incumbent Democrat Charles S. Robb and Republican nominee Oliver L.
June 28, 1991 |
Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed the office of Sen. Charles S. Robb (D-Va.) for records and transcripts of secretly taped phone conversations, according to news reports. The subpoena calls for "all documents that pertain" to the taped conversation between Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder and a political supporter in 1988 as well as "any other intercepted phone calls," according to a report by WRC-TV in Washington.
August 18, 1990 |
Gov. L. Douglas Wilder said he plans to cut $333 million in local aid to help balance the state budget, and those reductions will hurt school budgets. Speaking to state Senate committees in Richmond, Va., Wilder detailed his plans to deal with a projected $1.4-billion deficit in the state's $26-billion 1990-92 biennial budget. Wilder's budget director, Karen Washabau, said other cuts the governor has proposed in state agency spending could cause 400 to 1,500 layoffs.
August 11, 1991 |
Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, considered a potential Democratic presidential candidate, attacked President Bush's civil rights record before a national lawyers' convention in Atlanta. Wilder, who is black, condemned Bush's threat to veto a pending civil rights bill. "The President is steadfastly refusing to sign a bill which he knows is not a quota bill," Wilder told the American Bar Assn.
February 18, 1991 |
Two governors considered potential Democratic presidential nominees insisted that the other was the front-runner, although Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder hinted he could be happy on a ticket headed by New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo. In remarks to the New York State Assn. of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators in Albany, Wilder said history suggested a pattern of Virginia presidents and New York vice presidents. "Some have suggested that perhaps it's time to return the favor," he said.
December 22, 1989 |
A three-judge panel in Richmond, Va., certified the election to governor of Democrat L. Douglas Wilder in a recount that gave him a 6,741-vote margin over Republican J. Marshall Coleman. The recount confirmed Wilder as the first black elected governor in history, with 896,936 votes to 890,195 for Coleman, who picked up 113 votes in the recount. The first count of the Nov. 7 election gave Wilder victory by 6,854 votes, or four-tenths of 1% of the 1.78 million votes cast.
October 22, 1994 |
Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder endorsed longtime political rival Sen. Charles S. Robb on Friday in a show of Democratic unity aimed at helping Robb in his tight reelection battle against Republican Oliver L. North. "I think that we should all be involved in a monumental effort--one that will not rest until the last vote is counted--to elect Chuck Robb to the Senate," Wilder said at a fund-raiser that included an appearance by President Clinton.