(Later when Maryland's governor and Democratic Governors Association Chairman Martin O'Malley delivered the dinner's keynote speech, he gave a shout-out to McAuliffe, who wants to run again for governor in 2013.)
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) said that he thinks Democrats do not need to have a Senate candidate in place until July and that Webb "did everyone a favor" by announcing his retirement early in the cycle.
"Kaine won statewide twice," Scott said, referring to Kaine's runs for governor in 2005 and lieutenant governor in 2001. "He will not have a problem raising money or pulling together the organization."
"I hope Tim Kaine will do it. He gets first dibs," state Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple said.
State Sen. Donald McEachin summed it up: "Everyone is waiting on Tim."
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.