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Dems Ask Opponents to Repudiate McDonnell Thesis; One Does

Sandhya Somashekhar

At least three Northern Virginia Democratic candidates for House of Delegates have asked their Republican opponents to condemn the views espoused by gubernatorial hopeful Bob McDonnell (R) in his much-discussed 1989 graduate school thesis.

It's unlikely that Greg Werkheiser and John Bell, who are respectively challenging Republican delegates Dave Albo and Bob Marshall, and Scott A. Surovell, who is up against Jay McConville (R) for the seat being vacated by Kris Amundson (D), actually expected a response. But one of them got one today.

Albo said in a phone interview that he did not know of Werkheiser's demand, but called the past assertion by McDonnell that working mothers are detrimental to the family "ridiculous."

"I think what Bob said [in the thesis] was ridiculous, but I know Bob McDonnell the legislator now and he's one of the best legislators who has ever served in Virginia," Albo said.

Stephen Spiker, McConville's campaign manager, replied simply that "Jay McConville is focused on improving transportation, bringing jobs to the region and improving education for children."

Marshall, meanwhile, said he was too busy running his own campaign to read a 20-year-old thesis. "I'm a candidate for delegate, not a master's degree," he quipped.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  September 9, 2009; 4:27 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009 , Loudoun County , Prince William , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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