With Moran Absent, Deeds Vows to Help Alicia
Last year, former delegate Brian Moran and Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) both took leading roles in pushing for Alicia's Law, which provides funding for two Internet Crimes Against Children law enforcement task forces.
The law is named after Alicia Kozakiewicz, who at age 13 was abducted and assaulted in a Herndon basement by a man she met online. Last year, Moran joined Kozakiewicz at a press conference in Richmond to push for the law.
But because Moran left the House to focus on his bid for governor, Deeds had the spotlight to himself at another event with Kozakiewicz today at the State House. Kozakiewicz and her mother, both of whom live in Pittsburgh, were back in Richmond because there is no funding for Alicia's Law in next year's budget proposal. Deeds, who was joined by Del. Phillip Hamilton (R-Newport News), vows he will find $1.5 million to continue the program, which was also praised by law enforcement officials.
"This is a drop in the bucket," said Deeds, also a Democratic candidate for governor. "Even if it saves one child, one Alicia, it's worth it."
Moran also issued a statement today calling on legislators to continue the funding. But the Deeds campaign quickly highlighted that Moran was powerless this year because he gave up his House seat so he can raise money for his campaign.
"Unfortunately, (Moran) is not here to do anything about it," said Peter Jackson, a Deeds spokesman. "Creigh Deeds has picked up the charge."
January 29, 2009; 1:38 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Tim Craig
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