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All Aboard! Deeds Campaigns on Metro

Anita Kumar


Yes, that really was Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds riding the blue line through Northern Virginia this morning. No, he wasn't commuting to his Alexandria office.

Deeds rode the blue line nine stops from Franconia-Springfield to Rosslyn, shaking hands, handing out literature and introducing himself to potential voters from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. He got out at some of the stops, including King Street, where he was accompanied by son, Gus, and Alexandria Mayor William Euille (who did a Q&A for this weekend's Post Magazine).

By Anita Kumar  |  September 28, 2009; 5:12 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Why was Mr. Deeds campaigning inside Metro stations and on Metro trains? I thought WMATA rules prohibited campaigning inside stations.

Many political candidates campaign just OUTSIDE Metro stations (which is fine). But I had never heard of a candidate trying to do that INSIDE the stations or on the trains.

Isn't Deeds subject to the same rules as other candidates?

Posted by: jrmil | September 28, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Deeds did not hand out lit, or signs , or try to raise money on Metro.
He chatted up his fellow riders, who either were happy to see him or apathetic,( Their choice)
Nobody complained, no laws were broken. You have the right to talk to your fellow riders.

Posted by: pvogel88 | September 28, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

The posting by the Post reporter says that "Deeds rode the Blue Line ... shaking hands, handing out literature and introducing himself to potential voters". By any definition, that is political campaigning, not just talking.

WMATA has specific rules on where political campaigning and other types of free-speech activities may be conducted on Metro property. Campaigning is allowed OUTSIDE stations (at least 15 feet from entrance). Campaigning is prohibited INSIDE stations and on trains. (See WMATA rules on use of transit property by others, sec. 100.10.)

WMATA has a number of rules governing system patrons (e.g., no eating in stations or on trains), and those don't depend on whether someone else registers an objection. When the rule is clearly stated, it applies to everyone -- including candidates such as Mr. Deeds.

Posted by: jrmil | September 28, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

The Post reporter was not there. Deeds did have lit at the metro station, but it was the legal distance from the entrance. You choose to interpret that he was handing it out on the train.
There were no reporters with him, so all the info is hearsey. Your just plain wrong.

Posted by: pvogel88 | September 28, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

My goodness we have a noted authority. Thank you Mr. jrmil. What's the point of your screed?

Creigh, thank you for seeing first hand some of the problems and solutions NoVa faces each day trying to get to/from work.

Bobbie McD was raised in NoVa, says his signs. Wasn't he born in Pennsylvania and moved from NoVa when he was 5? Oh well what do facts matter to Republicans?

Posted by: Willis3 | September 28, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

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