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Deeds Picks Up Endorsements in Moran's Backyard

Anita Kumar

Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) will pick up law enforcement endorsements for his 2009 gubernatorial campaign tonight in Northern Virginia - the home of his rival for the Democratic nomination, Del. Brian J. Moran of Alexandria, a former prosecutor.

Tonight's event is likely to be a boost for Deeds, who narrowly lost his bid for statewide office in 2005 and is already well known around the state. If Deeds can secure the Northern Virginia vote, he would be heavily favored to win the nomination.

The event at the Fairfax County Police Association Hall will include Sen. J. Chapman "Chap" Petersen (D-Fairfax), Prince William County Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Ebert, Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Morrogh and former Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Bob Horan.

"Creigh Deeds has the judgment, integrity and vision to continue the Warner-Kaine brand of leadership as our next governor," said Marshall Thielen, president of the Fairfax Coalition of Police. "Throughout his career in public service he has demonstrated an unqualified commitment to keeping Virginia safe and to ensuring law enforcement has the tools and training we need to do our jobs."

The event is sponsored by the Fairfax Coalition of Police and the Fairfax Deputy Sheriff's Coalition -- both affiliated with AFL-CIO and the International Union of Police Associations (I.U.P.A.) -- who together represent more than 1,200 Fairfax County law enforcement professionals.

"When Fairfax County police officers and deputy sheriffs have needed support at the state capitol, we've always been able to turn to Senator Deeds," said Kevin J. Pittman, President of the Fairfax Deputy Sheriff's Coalition. "As a former Commonwealth's Attorney, he understands the pressure we are under every day to protect our communities and Deeds has used that experience to pass meaningful new laws to keep Virginia safe and secure."

By Anita Kumar  |  June 30, 2008; 3:17 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , General Assembly 2008  
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Good News!
Senator Deeds has shown the fiscal restraint yet the attention to environmental issues that Virginia desperately needs. He deserves our whole-hearted support in Northern Virginia!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Is this how State Sen. Chap! puts Fairfax First? I'm sure that his colleague from Bath County is kept awake at night by our transportation disaster...

Posted by: Fiarfax | July 2, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Is it too much to ask the Deeds and Moran folks to STOP with the incessant politicking for a race that remains over a year away?

Honestly, I am focused on one statewide race, and one race only, in 2008, and it has nothing to do with the Governor's position. Obama is the only questionable one, and if the Deeds and/or Moran campaigns wanted to impress me or make me more likely to support them next year they'd engage me more on how they can support the effort THIS YEAR, instead of pressuring me at every step of the way to make a commitment of support now.

I like both of them very much, but I am getting really aggravated by the blatant campaigning for 2009 happening now in 2008, before we are even GEARED UP for the ground game this year! It's ridiculous and obnoxious.

I applaud both campaigns for being pro-active, and think they need to be out raising funds and networking, but if I keep running into blatant competing '09 appeals at events and such I think I'll not be getting too involved at all next year unless it's someone who understood well enough to defer to the races in 2008 (maybe Steve Shannon or John Bowerbank-who really seems to understand the proper way to raise his visibility for '09 in '08!).

Sorry for the rant, just tired of this already.

Posted by: Doug in Mount Vernon | July 2, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

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