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First Deeds Thesis Ad Airing in Northern Virginia

Rosalind Helderman

Democrat Creigh Deeds is running his first ads in Northern Virginia since his June primary victory. He's putting up radio ads only for now, which are of course far cheaper than television commercials. And guess what the ads are about? Righto! Bob McDonnell's 1989 master's thesis. Or rather, in the words of the ad, McDonnell's "plan to take us back to the dark ages."

Hear the ad here:

The ad of course does not mention that McDonnell has said he no longer believes key portions of his thesis, particularly the parts that form the thrust of the ad -- comments in the thesis about women in the workplace. Also, interestingly, the ad is thethe first mention of Pat Robertson's name by the Deeds camp in this year's campaign.

The ad is accompanied by a new Web site all about the thesis and new Google advertising. (Search "McDonnell" and "thesis" and see for yourself.)

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 3, 2009; 11:32 AM ET
Categories:  Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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I was enjoying the ad until the very end when some guy started talking. "Craig" something, whatever his deal is.

Posted by: VABlogger | September 3, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Creigh Deeds mocks Virginia's universities at his peril. Governor Kaine mentioned just this summer that he's proud of Virginia's colleges and universities. Someone should ask Deeds to explain why his ad mocks one of those universities. Deeds should explain specifically what he's mocking, given that 100% of Bob McDonnell's law-school class passed the bar, and his alma mater is fully accredited by the ABA and sends out Virginia lawyers at a steady clip every year.

Is there a governor somewhere in America who mocks his or her own state's schools?

And bringing up "Pat Robertson's school"--Yale Law--is just senseless . . .

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | September 3, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I thought the Deeds was running on the Makr Warner/Tim Kaine platform - a gentleman whom even if you disagreed with, as I often did, you could respect.

Instead Deeds has proven he is just the bottom of the barrel, a troll, whoes tactics represent the worest in politics and thus who should not reperesent the people of the Commonwealth in any capacity.

Oh, and I don't EVER want to hear the Post stating piously how we need to get politics out of the gutter when it works so hard to line the trough!

Posted by: fjh3q | September 3, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

To fjh3q: McDonnell personally told the Washington Post about his master's thesis. It was not the Deeds campaign. However, the Deeds campaign has indeed made the case for months, long before this thesis firestorm, that Deeds has a long and consistent record on important issues like education, job growth, and others, whereas Bob McDonnell has undergone a very recent "election conversion" to such issues, having previously been focused on culture war demagoguery as outlined in the political gameplan in his thesis. The Deeds campaign has been factually correct to say this, and is right to point out that the thesis (brought up by McDonnell to the Post) corrobates that.

To OIMcreedy, normally a state's universities and colleges are those that are publicly funded -- for example, the University of Virginia. Elected officials do usually praise such public institutions. Many states physically contain within their borders universities and colleges that are privately funded and may not represent the views of the residents of that state. If I thought that Regent University was supposed to represent my state or had received my tax dollars, I would be outraged. But it doesn't and that isn't its intention. Of course it has every right to locate in Virginia. That's the First Amendment. But it has no right or reasonable expectation of receiving praise from state leaders unless they so choose.

Pat Robertson's university refers to the university he founded, which is Regent University, previously CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) University. I think it's great he went to Yale, but I still find his beliefs repugnant and anti-woman, and am surprised that anyone would be drawn to go to such an extreme graduate school (Regent) in their mid-30s, follow up on those ideas while in office, and then abruptly present themselves as a political moderate. It just doesn't pass the giggle test.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | September 3, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

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