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Deeds Lays Off Staff

Anita Kumar

State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, a Democratic candidate for governor, has laid off about five campaign staffers in order to keep airing TV ads four weeks before the June 9 primary.

Deeds now has 25 staffers across the state and six offices in Charlottesville, Richmond, Hampton Roads, Roanoke, Southside and Northern Virginia. Campaign officials refused to disclose how many staffers were fired but a month ago Deeds had 29 employees.

"With so much of the electorate still undecided, we've had to reassess our strategy and shift some of our resources so we can communicate Creigh's message to as many Virginians as possible,'' said Joe Abbey, Deeds campaign manager.

The layoffs are bad news for a campaign that has raised the least amount of money.

Deeds raised $730,000 during the three-month period that ended in March. McAuliffe raised $4.2 million and Moran $800,000.

But Deeds and McAuliffe are the only two candidates to air TV ads. Moran has only had a smattering of radio ads.

"The reality is that we're the only campaign that can go toe-to-toe with Terry McAuliffe,'' Abbey said. "We are currently matching him on dollar-for-dollar on the airwaves in four media markets -- Hampton Roads, Richmond, Roanoke and Bristol."

By Anita Kumar  |  May 13, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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