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Moran, McAuliffe Supporters Glad At Least Its Deeds

Rosalind Helderman

An observation from this afternoon's event at the Silver Diner in Arlington featuring new Democratic gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and attended by quite a number of people who had been supporting Deeds' opponents in the primary battle.

Supporters of both Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe said they were finding it easier to get on board for Deeds than they imagined they would have had their man lost to the other guy.

Moran supporters said they had always thought Deeds a good and decent guy but still believed McAuliffe hadn't put in the time in Virginia to deserve be governor. McAuliffe supporters said they'd always thought Deeds a good and decent guy but still believed Moran had run a campaign too negative to deserve to be governor.

"The day of was extremely painful," said Kip Malinosky, an Arlington young Democrat who estimated he knocked on 5,000 doors for Moran during the campaign. "But then there's a new day."

This Sunday, Malinosky said he'd go out for the first time knocking for Deeds.

The sentiment was expressed by everyone from McAuliffe supporters, activist bloggers Lowell Feld and Ben Tribbett to Arlington Revenue Commissioner Ingrid H. Morroy, a Moran backer.

Which, of course, might help explain a bit about Deeds' margin of victory. When two campaigns become consumed with knocking the other out, it's not surprising there's an opening for a third.

The star attraction of the event was Warner, who squired the candidate around the diner greeting supporters and random customers alike.

"This guy right here, rebranded Democrats in Virginia," Deeds said to the group about Warner. "He gave us a chance to win again. We're a majority party in the state senate, we're a majority party this state, because of Mark Warner."

Warner spread the love right back, saying he plans to work as hard as he can on Deeds behalf.

"In Virginia, there's no rest for the weary," Warner said. "I'm going to do all I can. It's no secret--I loved being governor. And I don't want to see all the progress we've made kind of be turned around."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 12, 2009; 6:04 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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