Deeds on the Radio
First Creigh Deeds followed Terry McAuliffe onto television--now he's looking to match-up on the radio dial as well. Deeds' new radio ad, airing on urban radio stations in Hampton Roads and Richmond, is designed to counter McAuliffe's ads calling for an end to payday lending in Virginia.
Payday lenders prey on the disadvantaged and are particularly despised in African-American communities, a key Democratic constituency. McAuliffe's ads named no names but criticized the General Assembly for passing a 2002 law that made payday lending possible and for delaying on cracking down. Both Deeds and Brian Moran were in the legislature at the time and voted for the measure, which it was thought at the time would actually impose new regulations on the lenders.
Now, Deeds' ad suggests the McAuliffe attack hits popular governors Tim Kaine and Mark Warner as well, noting the criticism was also leveled against Warner by Jim Gilmore during last year's senate race.
Listen to the ad here.
The ad is a direct hit at McAuliffe's tactics and suggests Deeds is working to establish himself as the race's credible alternative to McAuliffe.
Jesse Ferguson, a Moran spokesman said he agrees with the critique offered in Deeds' ad but noted the spot means Deeds has aired the campaign's first negative ad. Given Moran's harsh attacks against McAuliffe, many had thought that honor would belong to Moran instead.
Last week, McAuliffe said his ads on payday lending were not intended as a critique of Warner, Kaine or any elected official. "Everything we do isn't an attack on individuals," he said. "It's a bigger issue. It's about payday lending."
May 15, 2009; 10:55 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Rosalind Helderman
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