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First Click -- Virginia

Anita Kumar

Aug. 14, 2009

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

Republican Bob McDonnell heads home to Northern Virginia, where he will speak at the Republican National Hispanic Assembly's convention in Tysons Corner. Tomorrow the McDonnell RV takes a tour of Luray Caverns where he will roll out a policy proposal on -- what else? -- tourism.

He spent yesterday on the Eastern Shore talking about outer space. He toured the spaceport on Wallops Island and announced plans to make it the "top commercial spaceport in the country." Meanwhile back in Richmond, his campaign announced a newly-redesigned Web site.

Democrat Creigh Deeds will travel to Newport News today for a community day hosted by a mental health agency. Then he's off to Courtland for the Franklin-Southampton County Fair. Funnel cake, anyone?

He announced the creation of Nurses for Deeds yesterday in Portsmouth along with fellow state Sen. Louise Lucas, the best-dressed legislator in the General Assembly.

In other Deeds news, University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato stands by his statements about the upheaval in the Deeds campaign. It turns out there have been some changes, but the message from the Deeds camp is that Joe Abbey remains on top.

Less than three months out, Virginia's largest newspaper (or at least the largest one based in the state) criticizes both McDonnell and Deeds for wasting time, and ponders: What's this race really about?

Governor and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, who is wrapping up a one-week vacation at the governor's version of Camp David (actually Camp Pendleton) sent out an e-mail urging support of a health care plan and announced a new Web site to help "Americans clear up health care lies and misinformation." Meanwhile, congressional town hall meetings continue around the state.

Sen. Jim Webb arrived in Burma today to meet with the leader of the junta there, making him the highest-ranking American official to do so in at least a decade.

The man he defeated in 2006, former governor and senator George Allen is being remembered today on this, the third anniversay of the unfortunate campaign trail stumble that helped halt his political career -- at least for the time being.

And finally a bit of good news -- national recognition for several projects -- about the state's troubled technology agency.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 14, 2009; 8:19 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , George F. Allen , James Webb , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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"In other Deeds news, University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato stands by his statements about the upheaval in the Deeds campaign. It turns out there have been some changes, but the message from the Deeds camp is that Joe Abbey remains on top."

NO. The message from the Deeds campaign to many of us rank-and-file supporters is that Joe "...is still the campaign manager." Big difference, and your spin and take on this smells of you trying to keep nice with the Deeds senior advisors.

From what I and several other volunteers have learned DIRECTLY FROM THE CAMPAIGN, is that Joe is still the campaign manager and that Dixon and company are pushing strategy, policy priorities, and the schedule for the next 60 days. In other wors, Joe has been MINO'd--Manager in Name Only to run the day-to-day and communicate with the DPVA on statewide coordinated campaign.

Posted by: HumbleGovWorker | August 14, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

"Republican Bob McDonnell heads home to Northern Virginia...".

Dear Anita: Bob McDonnell lives in Henrico County, just outside of Richmond, and has not called Northern Virginia "home" for over 20 years, not since he dedicated he adult life to serving fundamentalist Pat Robertson. Get a fact checker, you d*psh*t.

Posted by: gsquared100 | August 14, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

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