WaPo has a short blurb on the fact that Mark Warner is the richest freshman senator in the current congress, and second richest overall (behind John “Mr Ketchup” Kerry). While a casual observer might construe this as a sign of Warner being elitist and out of touch, I actually tend to see it as something of a positive, esp in light of his standing record of good governance during his term as Governor. Depending on how long he opts to remain in politics, a large personal fortune makes him a formidible incumbent without the need to rely too much on outside donors, potentially providing a bit of innoculation against dependence on special interests.

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