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McDonnell v. Deeds

Anita Kumar

Tomorrow's Washington Post features columns by prominent supporters of Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds who crossed party lines two weeks ago when making their endorsements.

Sheila Johnson, a co-founder of Black Entertainment Television and one of the most politically active Virginia businesswomen, explains her support for McDonnell.

Former state senator Marty Williams, who had never endorsed a Democrat in a statewide race before, explains his support for Deeds.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 1, 2009; 3:53 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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And you can also read Republican state senator's reasons why he endorsed Creigh Deeds at

Any reason why you focused on one with the other?

Sheila Johnson's reads like McDonnell's campaign wrote it and she just signed her name. Virginia has already been named the Best State for Business and Best Managed State under the Democratic leadership of Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, yet she says McDonnell "has set a goal of making Virginia the best state in America in which to open a small business." So, if he keeps things the same, he'll meet that goal. Some reach. I'm guessing this all comes back to the political and financial troubles she's had with getting her Salamander resort off the ground, and little to do with who would be best for the state. The best governor for all of Virginia would be Creigh Deeds.

Posted by: filmjoy | August 1, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell's general tactics, ideas and demeanor come across as a clone of James "Gridlock" Gilmore.

The fact that Johnson supports McDonnell's campaign should alert everyone that in Virginia politics, greed drives everything especially for the GOP.

Posted by: maxtor0 | August 1, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Ahh . . . nothing says it better then slander and that's all the liberals seem to know.

Vote McDonnell

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVA | August 1, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

S. Johnson should be caged for her complicity in launching BET which is arguably the most toxic ingredient in the black community next to AIDS, why would McDonnell even acceot the endorsement of such a hypocrite.

Posted by: waterboard | August 2, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

I would take Johnson's endorsement of Williams anyday. Bob is going to win this thing by 5 pts. BO numbers are only going to get worse and that will kill Deeds.

Posted by: jebw958 | August 2, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Some of these comments are just sad, but not entirely suprising. Sheila Johnson's endorsment caught most Dems by surprise and, quite frankly, Marty Williams endorsement is not all that surprising. So what do these comments do- try to tear down Johnson and link McDonnell to Gilmore. This has been the standard playbook for Dems over the past decade- scare people into thinking the Republican is extreme and link that Republican to Gilmore--- I think this time around the Dems need a new strategy. Gilmore has served as an excellent punching bag for some time but I think most reasonable people, reasonable Dems included, aren't going to buy the same logic that Warner and Kaine have used in this area.

The Af-Am and business vote are Deeds two biggest weaknesses, so, with that in mind, Johnson's endorsement, while still surprising, shouldn't come as a shock.

Posted by: ChrisD4 | August 3, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

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