Obama Pens Email for Deeds
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:
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
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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