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Posted at 7:14 PM ET, 09/29/2009

My Endorsement: Straight Talk From Creigh Deeds

By washingtonpost.com editors

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
Alexandria

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 letters@washpost.com 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 Finally, please include a day and evening phone number (not for publication) and a note disclosing any connection you have to Sen.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.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 29, 2009; 7:14 PM ET
 
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Comments

As an Asian woman who once worked in the civil service and now working part time because of this economy, I feel a lot of pressure in the past few weeks from the endless and now annoying Deeds attacks interrupting my radio my tv that just has to stop!!! Initially the thesis surprised me, but after a closer look, Mcdonnell seems like a normal family loving guy. It's not like his 3 daughters are all nonworking moms and his sons are all church ministers. Bob is a handsome looking normal guy ok! He and his wife did something right for raising 5 kids who all work and they kept their marriage together. How many women wouldn't want that? Maybe not 5 kids but that is when I realized Deeds is NOT good and his poopy mouth that doesn't know when to stop lost my support.

Being an independent and former government worker, I have tried to keep an open mind because I have seen politicians come and go. I also know how inefficient government can be from the inside out ok. Mcdonnell just seems to have stronger leadership skills and his policy proposals shows an even handed approach. We need to protect those state government jobs and manage the budget at the same time. I can't believe with all the dollars we paid in taxes this state has a billion dollar deficit! Being a former government worker I have some ideas.

Another problem with Deeds, who says he is for virginia but how much time has he spent in the northern 2/3 of the state?

Posted by: JuliaWong | September 30, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

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