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How Business-Friendly is Deeds?

Anita Kumar

Republican Bob McDonnell frequently talks about how he is the business friendly candidate in the governor's race.

But what about his rival, Democrat Creigh Deeds?

In newly released rankings from Virginia FREE, a Richmond-based coalition of businesses from across the state, Deeds received a 72 as his 2009 business ranking -- a score that that is based on this year's General Assembly voting record and incumbent evaluations done by leading business lobbyists.

His score is higher than most other Democrats, but lower than most Republicans in the 40-member state senate. Twenty five senators have a higher ranking than him.

His score this year is much higher than in the past. His cumulative business rating for his his time in the legislature back to 1995 is 61.

This year, Deeds received a 80 percent on his voting record, 63 for stewardship and 64 for effectiveness.

Check out the full rankings here.

By Anita Kumar  |  June 17, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Who cares what Virginia FREE thinks. They rated the Estate Tax Repeal as a pro/anti business issue (which it is not) as part of their ratings. Virginia FREE doesn't speak for my business.

Why not ask whether McDonnell is pro/anti worker or pro/anti Northern Virginia?

Whether Cuccinelli is pro/anti woman?

This is a silly exercise. Virginia FREE gets way more attention than it deserves.

Posted by: FederalGraphics | June 18, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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