Does Deeds Play Follow the Leader?
Both candidates for governor found themselves talking about kind of an obscure Virginia topic this week -- the spaceport on tiny Wallops Island.
Virginia is only so big, so both candidates are likely to end up in the same places, talking about the same issues some of the time. But McDonnell and the Republicans have been working hard to try to convince people that Deeds is following his lead. As part of the "Me too! campaign," the state GOP has tweaked Deeds for following McDonnell on several issues -- agency audits, charter schools and ABC privatization, just to name a few.
"Creigh Deeds is playing a grown up version of follow the leader,'' McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said.
Not true, the Deeds campaign says. In fact, they say McDonnell may be following Deeds. Afterall, McDonnell unveiled his rural economic plan as Deeds wrapped up his "Deeds Country" to the rural parts of the state. "I could care less where Bob's taking his campaign,'' Deeds spokesman Mo Elleithee said. "I just want him to be honest about where he's taking Virginia."
Deeds campaign does not release a weekly public schedule, and has refused to release events sometimes even the night before because they either don't want to tip their hand or they are still scrambling to schedule their events. McDonnell has released a schedule each week since well before the general election started in early June.
Today both candidates for governor are on the Eastern Shore. McDonnell announced his plans Friday; Deeds announced his plans yesterday.
After McDonnell said he would tour the spaceport on Wallops Island and talk about his plans to make it the top commercial spaceport in the country, Deeds circulated a letter pledging his support for the spaceport too.
August 13, 2009; 3:20 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell
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