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First Click -- Virginia

Anita Kumar

Aug. 11, 2009

Good morning everyone. Here's what's happening in politics around the state today.

Republican Bob McDonnell unveiled a plan yesterday in Southside to bring new jobs to rural Virginia. But Democrats quickly criticized him for what they call his new interest in the economically-distressed area, and said it comes after years of neglect as a legislator. You can always count on House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong for a good quote -- or two.

Today McDonnell heads to various events along Route 58 from South Boston to Virginia Beach (look for the blue McDonnell RV on the road), including visits to local newspapers in South Boston, Lawrenceville, Emporia, Franklin and Suffolk. Tonight he will stop by the Republican campaign offices in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.

Democrat Creigh Deeds began a week-long attack on McDonnell on abortion (video, pdf). Some newspapers criticized Deeds for talking about abortion instead of the all-important economy, while some bloggers accused him of bringing up social issues after he said only a few weeks ago he would not. Naturally opponents deemed the abortion move as risky and desperate, while supporters did not.

Deeds is taking a day off from public events today, but will be in Richmond tomorrow for a press conference. Will there be more talk about abortion or will he switch to another topic?

Republicans are criticizing Deeds for what they call a series of flip-flops on whether ABC stores should be privatized and whether he would raise taxes for roads and transit. He said at the first debate at the Homestead that he would not rule out taxes, but said this week that he would.

Mo Elleithee, who worked for Terry McAuliffe during the Democratic primary for governor, has signed on with Deeds. We told you the other day that he was going to work for the state Democratic party but it seems like they decided Deeds' press shop needed the help more.

Organizing for America, an arm of the Democratic National Committee that pushes President Obama's agenda, will hold a meeting with local supporters and volunteers in Richmond tonight as part of a "listening tour" taking place across the country.

Virginia's members of Congress are holding town hall meetings, some on health care, as Congress continues its month-long summer break. Rep. Tom Perriello held a town hall, while Rep. Gerry Connolly may soon follow.

Sen. Jim Webb may have jetted off to Asia on a congressional trip, but that didn't stop environmentalists from hosting a "beach party" in front of his office to demand support for a comprehensive clean energy jobs bill in the U.S. Senate.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 11, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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That would be House MINORITY Leader Ward Armstrong. You don't want Morgan Griffith to take offense, do you?

Posted by: JohnnyVegas2 | August 11, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Johnny, correction made.

Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | August 11, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

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