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Obama Pens Email for Deeds

Rosalind Helderman

It looks like President Barack Obama wasn't kidding when he told Creigh Deeds last week that he plans to help in his election effort. Today went out the first of what we can only imagine will be several--or many--emails to Virginians signed by the president.

In an email sent to the Virginia email list of the Democratic National Committee and the DNC's Obama project Organizing for America, Obama encouraged Democrats to "get involved" in Deeds election effort. We assume that means, among other things, to donate to Deeds.

"I know a thing or two about tough primaries, and I know a thing or two about running tough races in Virginia. Creigh Deeds' victory once again shows the power of people at the grassroots to win elections and bring about lasting change -- and he will be a better candidate this fall because of his hard work to win the nomination," Obama writes.

Deeds will need Obama's help for a lot of things, but first on the list may be refilling his campaign coffers. After all, as of June 1, he'd raised $2.8 million for his election effort and spent much of it on the expensive primary. McDonnell had raised almost $8.9 million, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

Full Obama email here:
Friend --

Last Tuesday, Creigh Deeds won the Democratic primary for Governor of Virginia. In a hard-fought race, Creigh ran a terrific campaign and beat two fierce competitors by winning votes in every corner of the Commonwealth.

I know a thing or two about tough primaries, and I know a thing or two about running tough races in Virginia. Creigh Deeds' victory once again shows the power of people at the grassroots to win elections and bring about lasting change -- and he will be a better candidate this fall because of his hard work to win the nomination.

Creigh has been a dedicated public servant his entire life. As a county prosecutor and state legislator, he's been a strong advocate for economic development, high-quality education, and affordable health care -- and he's gone to great lengths to protect the environment and institute smart public transportation.

Now he needs your help to make sure Democrats retain the Virginia governorship. Please visit his website and get involved today.

Creigh has an ability to bring people together, build consensus and deliver results. He will bring the same bipartisan, pragmatic approach to politics that former Governor and now Senator Mark Warner and my friend Governor Tim Kaine used to help Virginia move forward over the past eight years.

I know that approach works because I've spent some time in your great Commonwealth. In my experience, Democratic candidates with a pragmatic approach to solving problems can be successful. That's the approach my campaign took last November to put Virginia in the Democratic column for the first time since 1964. And that's how Creigh Deeds will win this fall.

Learn more about Creigh, and get involved today:

I look forward to working with Creigh to keep the Commonwealth strong and to bring about the economic recovery and renewed prosperity Virginians demand and deserve.


President Barack Obama

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 15, 2009; 4:58 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Barack Obama , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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The DNC and the rest of the national Democrats just don't get it. If Virginians wanted the candidate of the DNC or if they gave a crap about the opinion of some bozo from Montana in a bolo tie, McAuliffe would have won the primary hands down. Virginians will choose their leaders and we don't need anyone telling us how to vote. Obama carried Virginia last fall because he wasn't a Republican and he wasn't Billary. That doesn't give him any staying power or gravitas in the state. Got it?

Posted by: hisroc | June 15, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

In answer to hisroc, the DNC (Democratic National Committee) played no role in the primary contest that I am aware of, other than to run ads against McDonnell so that the position would not go undefended while the Republicans already had a nominee and the Democrats had a primary coming up.

The "guy in the bolo tie" that hisroc mentions, the governor of Montana, has nothing to do with the DNC. He's the head of the DGA (Democratic Governors Association) and was indeed a peculiar out-of-state endorser for an intraparty primary. Nobody understood why he chose to endorse a candidate, much less a trailing candidate, in a party primary.

Now that the primary is over, it is definitely the DNC and the president's role (as the traditional head of his party--presidents are always the head of their party) to support the Democratic candidate. In the same way, the RNC would be derelict if it did not support McDonnell. These national organizations are there to help their candidates. That's the idea of political parties.

If hisroc believes Obama won by a process of elimination--people didn't like Clinton in the primary and didn't like McCain in the fall election--he missed a pretty big groundswell of volunteer activity throughout the state, including a record-breaking number of new voter registrations, primarily achieved by volunteers going door to door, working tables at events, and putting in long hours.

The problem with politics these days (on both sides) is that "microtargeting" of likely voters and supporters is so effective that people who don't support a given candidate sometimes don't see that candidate's volunteers at work. They are at the next house over where the voter might actually become a supporter. But just because you don't see them, don't imagine they are not there.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | June 15, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Virginia voters will be electing a new Governor, other Commonwealth officials and County Supervisors this November. The nation will be conducting mid term elections during November, 2010.

Although I have occasionally voted for Democrats in the past, I will not even consider voting for one at the Federal, Commonwealth or County levels during the 09 or 10 election cycles. The unconscionable fiscal mischief being perpetrated at the Federal level by the Democrat led Executive and Legislative branches prevents me from doing so.

Specifically, the $787 billion stimulus bill (much of it un-needed), this year’s $1.8 trillion deficit, next year’s projected $1.3 trillion deficit, a yet unfunded, estimated $1.2 trillion over ten years for national health care, the government take over of GM, projected government borrowing of $9 trillion over ten years and an estimated, eventual debt to GDP ratio of 82%, etc. characterize President Obama’s unsustainable, ruinous, fiscal juggernaut.

Perhaps my attitude is unfair to Democrats vying for elected office at the Commonwealth and County levels but, voting for a Democrat at any level would indirectly, tangentially and tacitly support President Obama. My refusal to vote for a Democrat at any level is a subtle but well warranted backlash against the Obama administration’s reckless fiscal policies and out of control spending. Commonwealth and County Democrats have the titular head of their party, President Obama, and a Democrat controlled Congress to blame for losing my vote and my generally negative attitude towards Democrats.

Posted by: furtdw | June 15, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

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