Ticketmate Byrne Backs Deeds
Suddenly, it seems as like state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds is all about Fairfax. It's a message reinforced by an endorsement today by former congresswoman Leslie Byrne.
After RSVP-ing "no" to yesterday's Virginia FREE luncheon in Tyson's, Deeds made a last minute switch and attended. He was with the Fairfax Democratic Committee last night and will meet with county teachers on Thursday. And today, he's joining Leslie Byrne, who was the first woman elected to Congress from Virginia, representing--yes, that's right--Fairfax.
Byrne has also served in the House of Delegates and the state senate and ran for lieutenant governor in 2005, on a ticket that included Gov. Tim Kaine and Deeds, who was running for AG. Deeds, from rural Bath, is clearly hoping to make inroads in Northern Virginia, now citing his endorsement by a certain newspaper up this ways pretty much everywhere he goes.
His supporters say he doesn't have to win NoVa to capture the nomination--Brian Moran is thought to be strongest in the region. But a good showing by Deeds in the populated Washington suburbs, combined with a big win and healthy turnout in his base in southwest and the Valley, could provide him a path to victory.
In a statement, Byrne said "theree is no candidate better prepared to continue the Warner-Kaine tradition to lead Virginia forward. Creigh will rebuild Virginia's economy by investing in education and a statewide solution to transportation."
She said she believed Deeds' "broad appeal" would make him best positioned to win against Republican Bob McDonnell in November.
May 27, 2009; 10:51 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Leslie L. Byrne , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman
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