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Deeds Misses Third Day of Session

Tim Craig

Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) has been taking subtle swipes at his rival for the Democratic nomination for governor, Brian Moran, over his decision to give up his House seat.

Deeds often notes he is "staying to fight" for Democratic principles in the General Assembly, an apparent effort to highlight Moran's choice to leave so he can campaign and fundraise.

But on the third of the legislative session, a Democratic senator stood up on floor to announce that Deeds was away on "pressing, personal business." In other words, Deeds was on the campaign trail. According to his campaign schedule, Deeds is attending a prayer service today at Dar Al-Hiraj Mosque in Fairfax County. The mosque is a focal point of Northern Virginia's politically active Muslim community.

Deeds did not miss any votes. Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax), a Deeds supporter, delayed action on bills today. The floor session lasted just 15 minutes.

If Deeds' continues to take days off, however, he could imperil Saslaw's ability to keep working control over the chamber. Democrats hold a narrow 21 to 19 Senate majority.

By Tim Craig  |  January 16, 2009; 11:36 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Tim Craig  
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