Updated: Wilder Watch on Deeds Endorsement Goes On
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."
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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