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Deeds Country? Really?

Amy Gardner

If the Margi Vanderhye sign weren't such a dead giveway, we'd try to be coy and quiz you about where this picture of Democrat Creigh Deeds's signature "Deeds Country" yard sign was taken.

Bath County? Southside? Far Southwest? Okay, okay. It's the corner of Georgetown Pike and Springvale Road in Great Falls -- home of tech entrepreneurs and defense contracting execs and where 10,000-square-foot mansions with views of the Potomac River are as plentiful as Starbucks on K Street. In fact, a quick search on Google shows that the median household income in Great Falls is north of $150,000 -- quite possibly the highest in the state.

So. Deeds Country? Certainly these homeowners love their land, just as Deeds loves the land he grew up on west of the Blue Ridge. But that mountainscape backdrop does look a tad peculiar up here. And after the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce's endorsement of Republican Bob McDonnell on Thursday, it's not too much of a stretch to expect some Vanderhye-McDonnell precincts in these parts. Just ask all the McDonnell supporters who showed up at a fundraiser for Vanderhye at the Great Falls home of venture capitalist John Backus on Tuesday.

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By Amy Gardner  |  September 24, 2009; 6:49 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009  
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Actually Amy, I think that McDonnell-Vanderhye precincts are, indeed, a stretch.

I live in McLean, I love Margi and think it's crucial she win, but in 07 she pulled out a 3-point victory. In 05, Deeds got 57% to McDonnell's 43% in McLean and Great Falls. That's better than Obama (8 point margin in the district), and exactly even with Byrne and Webb.

So, politically speaking, yeah, this is "Deeds Country", though I agree that the signs are ridiculous, if nothing else because the campaign has better things to do with its money and volunteer hours.

But are they really any more ridiculous than Bob's "NoVA's/Fairfax's/Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach's/Insert-region-of-the-state-here own" signs? I hear Bob McDonnell bought a donut at a gas station in Staunton a few months back - can't wait to see "Staunton's own" signs up in that lovely part of the state soon!

Posted by: antonioeliasiv | September 24, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

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