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Organizing for America and for Deeds?

Amy Gardner

President Obama may have told supporters in Tysons Corner Thursday to get "fired up" for Creigh Deeds, but it's still a little uncertain how much support Deeds will get from Organizing for America, Obama's grassroots operation.

Negotiations are under way between campaign officials and OFA about whether the national group can send more hands over to Deeds Country, several Virginia Democratic sources said this week.

Several Obama volunteers said OFA's got them working exclusively on promoting health care reform to work for Deeds. Although Thursday was a good day for Deeds, who joined President Obama at a rally and fundraiser in Tysons Corner, Deeds wants more -- he needs the shoe-leather of those volunteers who manned phones and walked neighborhoods last year on behalf of Obama.

Obama urged those supporters to action -- and prompted thunderous cheers -- in a fiery speech at the McLean Hilton. But will his organization do the same?

"Last year, Virginia, you helped lead a movement of Americans who believed that their voices could make a difference," the president said. "A movement of young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled, not disabled. Everybody was involved. It didn't come from Washington. It came from the bottom up. That's what we need to do in this race. That's what Creigh Deeds is committed to. That's what this election is all about. I need every one of you to knock on doors and make phone calls and get fired up once again so that we can go toward the future, confident, with Creigh Deeds leading this great commonwealth of Virginia."

Expect this storyline to continue. We'll keep you posted. And please tell us what YOU think.

By Amy Gardner  |  August 7, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009  
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Treading softly must I be? The OFA folks need to understand there is more that one issue to be concerned about. None of these issues (health care, the economy, foreign relations, the war with al Quaeda and other terrorists, civil rights, preservation of the Constitution) are going to be resolved in a way that is favorable to all Americans if momentum is lost because of a loss of the governor's office in Virginia to the Republicans.

At yesterday's rally, instead of supporting the efforts to increase volunteerism for Creigh Deeds, OFA was trying to recruit Deeds' supporters for their "more important" projects.

Posted by: wpbrown46 | August 8, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

I agree. Right now the message to volunteers in Virginia should be crystal clear: there are 48 states that don't have a crucial election this fall for governor and we'll pursue health care reform and other national issues there. You in Virginia should be focused 110 percent on the Democratic ticket and let the health care volunteering go on in other states. And we, OFA, will be 110 percent behind your efforts with Deeds.

That is the opposite of the message we're getting. What a shame.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | August 9, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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