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Updated: Wilder Watch on Deeds Endorsement Goes On

Rosalind Helderman

As promised, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds did indeed meet with former governor L. Douglas Wilder yesterday, meeting with him for more than an hour to discuss the gubernatorial race in what Wilder termed "a very nice conversation."

Unlike during a previous such confab, Wilder says this time Deeds did, formally, ask if he would endorse his candidacy for governor. And Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), chairman of the national Democratic party, called shortly after the meeting to appeal for the same thing, adding his voice to that of the president of the United States.

So will it work? It's still not clear. Wilder said he would have a statement on the issue not today, but perhaps tomorrow or the next day. It wouldn't be election year in Virginia if Wilder did not keep people guessing about his endorsement.

Most of their conversation, Wilder said, focused on the future of the commonwealth, how to jumpstart Virginia's economy and how to best represent underserved groups that don't have powerful lobbyists working on their behalf.

"You look at the disparity of income, the lack of jobs, the lack of education, the corresponding lack of health care. You've got to be concerned with how we address these issues," Wilder said. "There aren't many people who care."

"The real issue here is, what are the stakes? With the economy being what it is, people recognize these are times we have not seen in recent years. ... This is not an ordinary election."

UPDATE: Here's word from Deeds' spokesman Jared Leopold on the senator's meeting with Wilder: "Creigh enjoyed his meeting with the Governor yesterday. We have always said that we admire his historic achievements and would like his support."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 22, 2009; 11:36 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Wilder, when he has endorsed, has always endorsed the Democrat. If he were to pull a surprise and endorse McDonnell, THAT would be a "man bites dog" story. If he endorses Deeds, it is a "Democrat endorses Democrat" story which is a yawner.

Posted by: JTR555 | September 22, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I would ask Gov. Wilder this: did Deeds show any interest when you honed in on the real issues facing Virginians? I'd be surprised if he did. Because if the campaign is any indication, it's all about the thesis for Deeds.

Posted by: conservativemaverick | September 22, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"You look at the disparity of income, the lack of jobs, the lack of education, the corresponding lack of health care. You've got to be concerned with how we address these issues," Wilder said. "There aren't many people who care."


Given Deeds' obsession with the thesis, apparently he is one of those people.

Posted by: conservativemaverick | September 22, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

""You look at the disparity of income, the lack of jobs, the lack of education, the corresponding lack of health care. You've got to be concerned with how we address these issues," Wilder said. "There aren't many people who care.""

like obama...

Posted by: DwightCollins | September 22, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey "conservativemaverickey"--how'd that "mavericky" thing work out for ya, btw?--have you by any chance bothered to READ Deeds' web site.

It's on the internets.

Thing is, there's a whole of information, dare I say, A PLAN, out there on that internet thingy, lots of good information about "what Deeds would do"....just FYI.

McDonnell brought up the thesis, folks, get your facts straight.

Of course, now that Talibob brought it up, of course Deeds is going to talk about it! It's repugnant and wrong, and Bob knows it to the point he's running away from it as fast as he can.

You're going to need a little more than a nice new suit and a skin-deep "moderate makeover" on the airwaves to erase the oh so inconvenient little thing called a RECORD, Mr. McDonnell!

While your traveling the three part's of the state that call you their "own" (or is it you calling it your own?), I would suggest that you're right that the issues are SAYING define your interests as a politician are the most important for most Virginians. So why doesn't your RECORD back that up?

Furthermore, why are your "proposals" a smoke & mirrors attempt to make you look like you might actually do something about them, when we all know that state sale of liquor stores is not a good idea, that "oil" drilling revenues are decades away (if at all feasible), and that taking $5B from schoolsto fund roads is not acceptable to Virginians?

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | September 22, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Northern Virginia has suffered immensely under the two so called pragmatic governers who promised everything but ultimately ended in over spending without any relief to the tax payer. The small businesses did not do well as the unemployment is still relatively higher. They should comeup with the actual expenditure towards harboring illeagals. The current governor has no time to spare for virginia. He spent the whole last year for president's election. The transportation did not improve and 66 is still terrible. It is time that former governors think TWICE before endorsing candidates on party basis.They should support the best candidate in the field who can deliver goods to Virginians.
Centreville Va

Posted by: ganeshan1 | September 22, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Furthermore, NOBODY CARES about Gov. Wilder's endorsement!

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | September 22, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

DouginMountVernon, take your pills, it will be ok...

Somewhere along the line deeds decided that he absolutely can't win on the issues which is why he's running commercials on the thesis. If I were consulting deeds I'd tell him the same thing, he just isn't smart enough to win this race on his own merit. Just look at the video of him answering questions about taxes after the recent debate, pretty pathetic.

Posted by: alan8228 | September 22, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

It's the same for every Republican post. Denigrate Obama, Deeds and the Democrats with no facts and no rational data. You're clones of Bobbie McTaliban who offers the proverbial "free lunch". He'll improve transportation with money that does not exist. Sell the liquor stores. Great, a one time payment sufficient to cut the median grass for one year. And oil revenues. There is a Federal law that the royalties go to the Feds. Since McTaliban is such an expert on Federal issues, maybe he should run for Congress. But his district is represented by a true military hero who served time in a war zone rather than being a reserve who was bounced out of the military because he couldn't get the next promotion. Ok, so McTaliban get the Federal royalty law changed. Great, except the transportation issue is today not 20 years down the road which is the earliest to bring oil online.

I guess there is a cost savings. If Bobbie McTaliban gets his way, Virginia women will not need to get an education because they will be relegated to the kitchen. More college spaces for non residents including women who will run from Virginia once their education is complete and help the employment in a more thoughtful State.

Posted by: Willis3 | September 22, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Wilder's endorsement will get a lot of Democrats to vote for a Democrat.

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | September 22, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

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