Deeds, McAuliffe React to Moran Decision
Two Democratic candidates for governor, Terry McAuliffe and Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath), have both responded to the news that the third candidate in the race, Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria), has resigned his House seat so he can campaign full time.
Both McAuliffe and Deeds released carefully worded statements that foreshadowed one potential line of attack against Moran: He's walking away from the fight over the budget in the General Assembly.
"Brian has been a great legislator for a long time," said Mo Elleithee, a McAuliffe spokesman. "The people of Virginia are losing a top notched legislative leader at a very challenging time. We hope his seat is filled as soon as possible so we don't have a void during the upcoming legislative session."
Peter Jackson, a Deeds spokesman, said in a statement his boss has no plans of giving up his seat.
"What Virginia needs most is steady leadership during these trying economic times," Jackson said. "Senator Deeds will continue fighting for Virginia's working families--creating 21st century jobs and restoring the state's financial health--both as a candidate for Governor and during this winter's legislative session."
In an interview, Moran responded, "This is about the next 4 years, this is not about the next 45 days."
December 12, 2008; 4:10 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig
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