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Deeds, McAuliffe React to Moran Decision

Tim Craig

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."

By Tim Craig  |  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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What happens to Moran's seat????

Posted by: DCLawyer1 | December 12, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

--In an interview, Moran responded, "This is about the next 4 years, this is not about the next 45 days."--

What? The next 45 days will be about our fiscal crisis, preparing to fight the good fight in the House of Delegates, and NOT leaving it to a new Delegate who is at the bottom of the leadership pole.

What happened to Moran's boasts about being a leader in the House of Delegates? He can't say that now when you cut and ran from an obviously very tough General Assembly seesion.

So what about Steve Shannon, Ken Cuccinelli, Creigh Deeds, or everyone else who ever thought of running for statewide office who did not side-step their GA responsibilities at the VERY LAST MINUTE? Do we opine that they are not representing their constituents well? Ridiculous, as they cannot campaign while the GA is in session (by law).

Seems to me the real point of Mr. Moran's decision is to run free during the GA, campaigning to lead our Commonwealth for the next four years while absent of leadership during a too-tough GA session.

In my opinion, a bonehead move that will be used against him in June. If he actually wins the primary, it will be exploited by the GOP all the way to the election.

Posted by: HumbleGovWorker | December 12, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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