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Deeds: California Dreaming

Anita Kumar

With all the talk about Bob McDonnell's thesis today, you may be wondering why we never heard directly from his rival Creigh Deeds? We wondered too.

It turns out Deeds is in Los Angeles today raising money. He flew out of state Sunday night and will return Tuesday night.

The Deeds's campaign confirmed that he was in the City of Angels when we asked, but they won't tell us which city he will be in tomorrow (but we hear it's San Francisco) or who is hosting his fundraisers. (Why won't they say?)

Deeds is rarely out of state (unlike his former Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe who was always jet setting around the nation).

McDonnell has been out of town raising money once this month. He went to Wyoming the first week of August, along with Republican gubernatorial hopeful Chris Christie, to meet with top RNC donors.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 31, 2009; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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When Creigh Deeds returns from his trip, do you think you could ask him to share his thesis with us to read?

Some other people are searching for his thesis. Are you?

See this:, which says:

"The Great Void Known As Creigh Deeds
By Brian C. Ledbetter • Monday, August 31. 2009 15:43

"The leftosphere, with the help of their gutless cheerleaders in the dead-tree media, are going absolutely apoplectic over what they claim is a 'controversial' thesis paper written by the Republican gubernatorial candidate, Bob McDonnell.

"Fair enough. It's not like it's all that unusual for the left to blow relatively minor papers into international incidents.

"So I figured I'd hop on over to my scholarly archives and see if I could find out a bit about what Mr. Deeds (and, by the same wide brush that McDonnell's detractors are using, every left-leaning individual in Virginia) believe.

"Lo and behold, it would seem that my efforts are fruitless. Despite holding a doctorate in law from the distinguished Wake Forest University, I can't find a single paper that Creigh Deeds (or R. Creigh Deeds, or RobertC.Deeds) has written.

"Nothing in JSTOR.

"Zilch in Digital Dissertations. Nada in Dissertation Abstracts. (Both of which returned Bob McDonnell's 'secretive' paper.) Shoot, there's not even so much as a word in legal-minded publications like Legal Collection, which one would expect to see Mr. Deeds in, he being an accomplished Doctor of Law.

"I could've sworn that a dissertation was required to obtain a doctorate, and yet, there's not a trace in these digital databases that the good Mr. Deeds has even written one. If the Deeds people are so bent out of shape by a Republican theorizing about Republican ideas, shouldn't their candidate have a whole host of original ideas on his own?

"At least with Bob McDonnell, we know where he stands.

"*If any of you Deedsians know of anything of substance that he has written on the topics that affect us today, please feel free to contact me. I'd be absolutely delighted to hear whatever words of wisdom he has to share."

Posted by: VirginianforFreedom | August 31, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

VirginiaforFreedom, you have the wrong degree.

Mr. Deeds received a Juris Doctor (JD) from Wake Forest. A JD is a professional degree, and like an MD does not require or usually include a thesis.

A "Doctor of Law" or an LLD is usually given in the United States as an honorary degree.

A true legal doctorate, requiring a theis, would is called a JSD (Doctor of Juridical Sicence) in the United States. Mr. Deeds does not have one of these.

Posted by: krush01 | September 1, 2009 6:59 AM | Report abuse

I've often wondered about what's said and promised from the podium and after wards at fund raisers.

Posted by: geraldsutliff1 | September 1, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

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