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Wilder Watch Continues

Anita Kumar

It turns out Democrat Creigh Deeds wasn't the only one who met with former governor L. Douglas Wilder this week.

Republican Bob McDonnell had a face-to-face meeting with Wilder yesterday -- a day after Deeds, several sources say.

Both men are hoping to score an endorsement from the nation's first elected black governor.

Wilder said this morning that he would not make any announcement today, but would release something by the end of the week. Remember, that doesn't mean he will actually endorse anyone this week. He may just issue a statement about what he is looking for in a candidate. This is Wilder we are talking about, after all.

McDonnell and Wilder, who have had a good working relationship for years, met for lunch in downtown Richmond back in May, and have spoken regularly since then.

It's unclear which of them set up yesterday's meeting. Tucker Martin, a McDonnell spokesman, refused to comment.

Wilder has been downright critical of Deeds in the past, but it's still unlikely he would endorse a Republican. He could, however, sit the race out.

In 1997, Wilder refused to endorse Democrat Don Beyer in the governor's race, which helped Republican James S. Gilmore. And then, in 2005, he refused to back Deeds in the attorney general's race against McDonnell because of his position on guns.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 23, 2009; 5:30 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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The Post's focus on the horse race aspect of this race is commendable. I wonder, however, if the Post could do some reporting on the candidates' records as public officials and could do this reporting prior to the election? College admissions offices tend to look at students' academic records as the best indicator of future performance. This is analogous to public officials. What they do once elected to office is the best indication of future performance. I suppose I could use google and search the various internet news sources and blogs myself to find what I'm looking for. It used to be that newspapers did this sort of thing for their readership.

Posted by: Kaufmann_RDW | September 24, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

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