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Former Gov. Holton Endorses Deeds

Rosalind Helderman

Former Virginia Gov. Linwood Holton, who in the 1960s became the first Republican elected to statewide office since Reconstruction, endorsed Democrat Creigh Deeds this morning.

The nod was not exactly a surprise -- Holton is Gov. Tim Kaine's father-in-law and has been backing Democrats for office for a while now. Holton lives in Richmond, but the campaign chose the Clarendon Metro stop as the location for a press conference on the announcement -- all the better to get on D.C. area television to talk about, what else, transportation.

Indeed, the D.C. media turned out to hear Holton praise Deeds's everything-is-on-the-table (including a possible tax increase) plan as the "most realistic" approach to boosting transportation funding.

By contrast, Holton said Republican Bob McDonnell's transportation proposals rely on "false promises": a promise to use oil revenue that is not currently legally available under federal law, a proposal to shift general funding money now used to support other state needs, a pledge to privatize state-run ABC liquor stores.

"There will be no sale of the ABC system system in Virginia as long as the General Assembly exists," Holton said.

Holton called Deeds a "straight-talking, honest, clean leader."

Deeds said he'd spent the past couple of days in Northern Virginia, observing traffic and talking to commuters on the Metro, and the experience had reinforced for him the importance of improving transportation. He assured the small crowd of reporters and supporters twice that this was not his first time riding Metro.

"I learned a long time ago when you want to do something in D.C., it's smarter when you're coming from Bath County, park at Vienna," he joked, a reminder that he is nevertheless, not exactly exactly a SmarTrip card holder.

The Arlington location also meant urban traffic, airplanes flying overhead, sirens, construction clangs and a Republican who showed up with a sign that read "What About Taxes?" (The protester, 22-year old Matthew Hurtt, works for The Leadership Institute, a group that trains young conservatives and has its offices about a block away from the Deeds event.)

UPDATE: On a call with reporters this morning, McDonnell responded: "Well, listen, Gov. Holton is a fine man.But he's the father in law of our current governor and the head of the Democratic National Committee. So I fully understand, I think everybody does, why Gov. Holton has made that endorsement....I think the bigger question is why Gov. Wilder is not endorsing Sen. Deeds?"

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 29, 2009; 10:51 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Some politicians simply sell out all the way when they sell out.

Posted by: muawiyah | September 29, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Deeds is going down in flames. 2010 cannot get here soon enough to start sending these Spendocrats home. Anyone that voted for massive spending bills needs to be out of office. If a public option is crammed down the citizens throat there will be a massive change in the House and Senate. No to the public option, no to cap and tax.

When will these idiots figure it out. Fix the economy and restore jobs. No more too big to fail, no more bail-outs, stop the TARP and cancel the stimulus that have failed. Start using the bankruptcy courts for what they were intended. The government is passing massive amounts of debt on to the back of the taxpayers while we stand and watch.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | September 29, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

wow, Deeds had to dig this old f@rt out of a nursing home to get an endorsement? That is pathetic!

Posted by: djrhood | September 29, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

There are those who sincerely believe that a Christian Theocracy is the right path for America. Fortunately they represent an extremist minority who have never paid much attention to the Constitution or the History of the United States. They will vote for McDonnell.

The ever-shrinking Republican Party is slowly devolving into a splinter group.

Posted by: thebobbob | September 29, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I liked Deeds and was ready to vote for him. But his campaign appears to have been hijacked by the National Democratic Party. He looks like Nancy Pelosi's puppet. They turned Kaine into a puppet too and I fear they've do the same to Deeds. Mickey Mouse for governor?

Posted by: mwcob | September 29, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I can't WAIT until America starts voting these tax and spend democrats out of office. Not content with starting the process of the biggest housing bust of all time, they want to wholesale slaughter the rest of your rights.

If you go with this Deeds fellow, you're signing the death warrant of America.

In fact, if you vote for any democrat in the next election, you're sounding the death knell of the republic.

The problem is, you can't just go with a republican either. Why? Because they do NOT care about you as an individual. They care about you as a consumer who spends money on their businesses.

It's real simple, start looking at alternative parties, before it's completely too late. Independent candidates or even the Libertarians, but for God's sakes, NO MORE DEM'S/REPUBLICANS!!! They are bringing this country to its freaking knees.

Posted by: thebloddletting | September 29, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

"I liked Deeds and was ready to vote for him. But his campaign appears to have been hijacked by the National Democratic Party. He looks like Nancy Pelosi's puppet. They turned Kaine into a puppet too and I fear they've do the same to Deeds. Mickey Mouse for governor?

Posted by: mwcob | September 29, 2009 12:44 PM"
Sorry, I don't often see "Astroturf" in these comments, but the one quoted above is too fake for anybody, even me, to fall for.

Someone who was "ready to vote for Deeds" is not going to see him as "Nancy Pelosi's puppet" (?? Where the heck did that idea come from? A recycling bin from the anti-Newt Gingrich flyers of the 1990s?).

Creigh Deeds has a consistent record on the issues of fighting for pro-business, pro-job growth policies (not just this year, all of a sudden, like his opponent), renewable energy, public education, women's right to choose, and opportunity throughout the state.

McDonnell is the fundamentalist horse who has suddenly painted on stripes and claimed to be a zebra. He's just not who he says he is.

You may disagree with Deeds, but it's obvious that he is who he is says he is. He's the real deal and calling him a "puppet" is sort of well, to use this fake commenter mwcob's phrase, "Mickey Mouse."

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | September 29, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

djr hood's comments about Mr. Holton are very disrespectful to any human being. What kind of person would write such thoughts as these? Good to see Mr. Deeds observing up close and personal the problems Northern Virginians face. Mr. Holton, is right, Deeds is honest and straight forward. He will be a great Governor for all people!

Posted by: shrad433 | September 29, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I forgot one other political party that you should check out. The Modern Whig Party. Look them up on Google. They look to be a MUCH better choice than the same old garbage we keep getting with dems and repubs.

Posted by: thebloddletting | September 29, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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