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Forehand, Kagan mend fences

It’s good when political adversaries can put the past behind them and work to make the world a better place—or at least help each other get elected.

Today’s example comes from Sen. Jennie M. Forehand, D-Montgomery, who announced her “enthusiastic endorsement” of former Del. Cheryl M. Kagan.

Sen. Jennie Forehand.

Sen. Jennie Forehand.

Kagan, a former two-term member of the House of Delegates, announced in November that she  would seek to succeed the retiring Forehand. Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons is also seeking the Senate seat currently held by the five-term incumbent senator.

Forehand said Kagan “will best reflect my views and priorities in the state Senate,” according to an email from the Kagan campaign.

Missing from the statement was any mention of the accusations of negative campaigning between the two in the 2010 election.

Kagan lost to Forehand that year by 356 votes.

Forehand complained during that year about the tone of Kagan’s campaign.

“Negative campaigning was something we’d never had in our district and I thought it was inexcusable,” Forehand told the Gazette newspaper.

In that same article, Kagan defended the tone of the campaign saying challengers need to “draw distinctions between themselves and the incumbent. Jennie had a legislative record with some surprising votes on it and I thought it was important to educate the voters.”

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