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Moran Mailer Targets Deeds

Rosalind Helderman

We're not sure what to make of the recent polls that seem to show some kind of movement by Creigh Deeds in the governor's race. As our polling director Jon Cohen has explained, we think some of them are unreliable. And we think polling is exceptionally difficult in a three-way primary in which turnout is expected to be low.

But, for what it's worth, we can add this bit of evidence to a growing picture of possible momentum: The other campaigns seems to be a bit anxious of the guy from Bath.

After weeks of taking on Terry McAuliffe in mailings, radio and tv ads, trying to suggest his record as a businessman is not what he has claimed, Brian Moran has a new target in a flier hitting mailboxes today: Deeds.

The mailing hits Deeds on guns, particularly the NRA's endorsement of his 2005 run for attorney general--over Republican Bob McDonnell.

"By working so hard to get the NRA's approval, Creigh Deeds has lost ours," read the mailing.

Read the mailer here

Deeds has the most conservative record of the three on guns. He's supported repealing the ban on concealed weapons in restaurants that serve alcohol and opposed the state law limiting handgun purchases to one a month. It is a record that will trouble some Democrats, particularly in more liberal Northern Virginia.

It's possible the mailing has been planned for a while. Campaigns typically have fliers like this one in the can, in case of need. But it's interesting that Moran felt the need.

"We have always believed that voters deserve to know candidate's records before they chose a nominee. Creigh Deeds can't run away from his record any more than Terry McAuliffe can," said Moran spokesman Jesse Ferguson. "Brian believes our laws are mostly appropriate where Mark Warner and Tim Kaine put them."

Deeds has been open about his support for gun rights--but also presented a sort of Nixon-goes-to-China argument suggesting he is the actually the best positioned of the three Democrats to take on gun issues.

"It's going to take someone like Creigh - with credibility on Second Amendment rights - to build the consensus we need to finally close the gun show loophole. That's what he'll do when he's Governor," said Deeds spokesman Brooke Borkenhagen.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 4, 2009; 6:03 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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This is why McDonnell beat Deeds in 2005. Then, McDonnell was able to run to the left of Deeds on guns in NoVA! No doubt, he could do it again.

In 2005, Deeds was a weak candidate, running behind Kaine, who won easily.

Democrats win with NoVA. Deeds is our weakest candidate for the GE because of his kowtowing to the NRA. I mean come on, Deeds won't even take guns away from those accused of domestic abuse!

Posted by: SPMET | June 4, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I just realized too, how smart this move is by Moran. There's no way for Deeds to even respond to it. Any piece that goes out by tomorrow is too late to reach voters by Tuesday's voting.

Posted by: SPMET | June 4, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Can you smell the desperation?? Moran and McAuliffe will take VA the way of MD, with gun banning and all the other criminal coddling that comes with it. Great plan!-NOT

Posted by: k_romulus | June 5, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I think McDonnell just lost my vote... Deeds for Governor!!

Posted by: millionea7 | June 5, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse


in fact Deeds voted to allow
those CONVICTED of domestic violence to be able to legally obtain firearms. He voted AGAINST the Democratic governor in doing so. Not just those accused, those CONVICTED. As one who worked with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, trust me the level of danger represented in the few cases leading to CONVICTION for domestic violence is DIRE.

How many of us have read of stalked women and victims of domestic violence whose partners have had a court order
to leave them alone KILL THEM? Let them have MORE guns?

Deeds thinks there should be no limit on the number of guns purchased per month. He's voted against sensible restrictions.

I have a picture of guys carrying guns into bars in Northern Virginia and elsewhere in the state. I think of this as tantamount to insanity. Drinking and driving is a crime, but drinking and having a gun in a public bar is fine? TRULY NUTS.

Posted by: VirginiaMom3 | June 5, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

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