GOP Visits Bath
An interesting dispatch from Bath County, the home of gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds.
Just a few days after Deeds' June 9 primary victory, a stranger showed up at the Bath County Courthouse, asking to review Deeds personal and legal records.
Bath is the Virginia's second least populated county. There aren't a lot of strangers there. So the young man attracted a bit of attention from the clerks at the courthouse and then from Chris Singleton, Bath's part-time Commonwealth Attorney, who just happens to be Deeds' former law partner.
Who was he? He was Republican operative Jared Wheeler, and he spent a couple solid days sifting through records in the county courthouse. Though he attracted attention, the folks in Bath said they were careful to give Wheeler everything he asked for and be as helpful as they could.
They said it did not appear Wheeler was looking for anything in particular. Instead, he seemed to be making copies of just about anything he could find that included Deeds' name--land records, tax records, court cases Deeds worked on as an attorney in Bath.
Deeds' opponent Bob McDonnell's campaign confirms Wheeler went to Bath on behalf of Victory, the joint Republican National Committee, Republican Party of Virginia effort to get McDonnell elected.
This is the way politics is played, of course. There's little doubt that Deeds' campaign also has people researching McDonnell. But it's hard to do anonymous research in a place so small that it doesn't have a single stop light.
So what did Wheeler find? No word yet, but if it picked up anything interesting, count on his employers to let voters know before November.
July 3, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman
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