My Endorsement: Straight Talk From Creigh Deeds
The Post is asking readers to make the case for their favored candidate in the Virginia governor’s race in 200 words or less.
By Jerome I. Chapman
Supports: R. Creigh Deeds
Party Identification: Democrat
2005 Vote: Tim Kaine
Because I value honesty, straight talk and common-sense problem solving, I support R. Creigh Deeds for governor.
I have long been impressed by Deeds’s candor and his record of putting principles before political expediency. When he first ran for the House of Delegates, he told the conservative voters in his district that he was pro-choice. The pundits said he couldn’t win, but the voters — obviously respecting his honesty — elected him, and continued to elect him.
Now the Republicans are playing their hackneyed “tax-raiser” card. Both candidates agree that money must be found to repair decaying infrastructure and provide for 21st-century transportation improvements. McDonnell offers limited funding, with money taken away from education and public safety resources in the general fund. Deeds’s call for a bipartisan solution and funding plan, with all options on the table except reducing general fund resources needed for education and public safety, is a common-sense approach — no smoke and mirrors, just good, principled governance.
With Deeds, what you see is what you get. I trust the voters to value this (sadly, too rare) quality and elect a governor we can count on always to level with us on where he stands.
The writer is a member of the Alexandria Democratic Committee.
To submit your own endorsement, write to firstname.lastname@example.org with “My Endorsement” in the subject line. Include your party identification, if any, as well as how you voted in Virginia’s last governor’s race. Finally, please include a day and evening phone number (not for publication) and a note disclosing any connection you have to Sen. R. Creigh Deeds or Robert F. McDonnell, their campaigns or the Democratic or Republican parties.
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