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Endorsements for Deeds, McAuliffe

Tim Craig

Sen. Phillip P. Puckett (D-Russell), who is part of a very politically active family in Southwest Virginia, announced today he is endorsing Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.

In announcing his decision, Puckett took a subtle swipe at Brian Moran, who resigned from the House of Delegates in December to focus on his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor.

"Creigh Deeds is in this process to serve and get things done for Virginia," Puckett said. "That's what Creigh has done in the Virginia Senate and that's what he'll do as Governor. During the most serious economic crisis in our lifetime, Creigh didn't walk away from the tough decisions."

Meanwhile, the third candidate in the race, Terry McAuliffe, also announced today he's picked up more than a dozen new endorsements. The new McAuliffe supporter with the highest profile is Del. Kenneth Plum (D-Fairfax), the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

"To address the economic challenges facing Virginia, Democrats in the House of Delegates need a strong and experienced leader in the Governor's mansion," Plum said. "Terry has the business and executive experience to carry on the Warner-Kaine tradition of leadership and create jobs in every corner of the Commonwealth."

Plum's decision to back McAuliffe means the two top Democrats in the House are supporting seperate candidates for governor. House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong (D-Henry) is backing Moran.

McAuliffe was also endorsed today by:

Frank Hall - Delegate, 69th District
Algie Howell - Delegate, 90th District
Anthony Burfoot - Vice Mayor, Norfolk City
Hap Connors - Chairman, Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors
Andrea McGimsey - Loudon County Board of Supervisors
Randy Williams - Commissioner of Revenue, Russell County
Reginald Harrison - Surry County Board of Supervisors
Cliff Hayes - Chesapeake City Council
W. Randy Wright - Norfolk City Council
Charles B Whitehurst - Portsmouth City Council
Charles Parr - Suffolk City Council
Tina Vick - Newport News City Council
Court Rosen - Roanoke City Council
Peter Farrell - Manassas Park City Council
Effie Ashe - Former Chair, Newport News School Board
Everette "Teddy" Hicks - Newport News School Board
Fred Hudson - Chair, 5th Congressional District Democratic Party
Steven Banner - Chair, Russell County Democratic Party

By Tim Craig  |  March 16, 2009; 3:38 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
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