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Ticketmate Byrne Backs Deeds

Rosalind Helderman

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.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  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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To some Northern Virginia Democrats, an endorsement by Leslie Byrne may also be a kiss of death. She's not popular with all party faithful -- those people most likely to turn out on Primary Day. However, grassroots support for Senator Deeds in the western part of Northern Virginia (which only includes a small portion of Fairfax Co.) may have been foretold by the straw poll taken at the 10th District Democratic convention held two and a half weeks ago. There, with the opportunity to pack the house not in play, Creigh Deeds surprisingly beat both his challengers 2 to 1.

Posted by: rmg4369 | May 27, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Although I'm one of those NOVA Dems for whom an endoresment by Leslie Byrne's would normally act as the kiss of death, it didn't happen this time as I'd already decided to support Sen. Deeds before this endorsement. It's gracious of him to accept her endorsement as I think that her being on the ticket helped to sink his election to the office of the AG. Had Sen. Petersen been on the ticket instead of Ms. Byrne, then Sen. Deeds would now be the Attorney General. Ugh. That woman makes me ill. It doesn't say much about the depth of women Democrats in NOVA if she's our doyenne.

Posted by: IrishRose | May 27, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, it doesn't matter which of the three Dems win the primary given the best match up they have, Deeds, is still trailing McDonnell by double digets!

The reason Virginia enjoys one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, almost 2% below the National agerage, is because it is a "business friendly" state. If Virginians are dumb enough to elect Deeds, McAuliffe or Moran, they will let Unions do for Virginia what they have done for California and Michigan. Card Check in Virginia will yield double-digit unemployment! Although all have danced around it in public, in private they are "union owned." VA - fasten your seatbelts if we elect a Democrat this year.

Also, so close to the Memorial Day weekend the fact that Lieutenant Colonel (USAR Ret)McDonnell is the only candidate in the race that has ever donned a uniform in defense of this nation should not go unnoticed. Given Virginia's huge Military, Military retiree and veteran population, this is significant. McDonnell's daughter even has more time in uniform than all three of the democrat challengers put together!

Posted by: A-COL | May 27, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty tired of A-COL cutting and pasting the same garbage in each post. Just because someone served in the military, it does not make them more qualified to be the chief executive of the Commonwealth. Military experience is not a prerequisite. We don't live in a military state dominated by tanks, soldiers, and desert bombings. Get a clue A-COL.

Secondly, there is no substance to your claims of any of the candidates being union owned. It's voters like you who make winning elections easy for our side. Thanks for coming out.

As to Deeds, he doesn't have the broad based support nor the infrastructure to get this done.

Posted by: demfuture2000 | May 28, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

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