Deeds Will Not Speak At Shad Planking
Democrat gubernatorial candidate Sen. R. Creigh Deeds will not appear at next week's Shad Planking, a longtime Virginia tradition where politicians come to see and be seen.
Deeds' decision is surprising because appearing at the Shad Planking is considered a must-do for statewide candidates.
"It's highly unusual,'' said Robert W. Bain, chairman of the Wakefield Ruritan Club, which organizes the event.
The three other gubernatorial candidates -- Democrats Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran and Republican Robert F. McDonnell -- will attend.
Instead, Deeds will spend April 15 in southwest Virginia with U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) to try to woo undecided voters.
"Creigh Deeds and Congressman Boucher will make several stops across Southwest Virginia to talk with undecided voters about the Deeds plan to put Virginia's hard-working families first," said Joe Abbey, Deeds' campaign manager. "Creigh looks forward to attending next year's Shad Planking as the governor of Virginia."
Deeds' family still plans to attend the event.
The Shad Planking, where Democrats used to pick their candidates for local offices, has been a Virginia tradition for 60 years. Most statewide candidates set up booths and dole out free beer, cigars and hot dogs. About 1,300 people have bought tickets as of today.
April 6, 2009; 1:52 PM ET
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