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Johnson's Apology Complete, McDonnell to Campaign Again With Her

Rosalind Helderman

Republican Bob McDonnell holds a rally for women tomorrow with Sheila Johnson, a top endorser who apologized last week after video of her surfaced at a previous campaign stop mocking Democrat Creigh Deeds's speaking style.

"We need someone who can really communicate," said Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television. "And Bob McDonnell can communicate. The other people that I talk to, especially his o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-opponent ... could not articulate what needed to be done."

McDonnell declined opportunities last week to apologize for sitting quietly while Johnson poked fun at Deeds. And he clearly does not think the incident made her persona non grata for his campaign, despite condemnation from the National Stuttering Association and others in the disabilities community. He rallies with Johnson and other women supporting his effort at the Tysons Corner Marriott tomorrow. Johnson was a top supporter of Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine but endorsed McDonnell, arguing that he would do a better job handling the state's economy. Oh yes, and communicating his ideas for the future.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 12, 2009; 3:20 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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I'm wondering if the Post's editors have apologized for sitting quietly while one of their staff writers poked fun at Mr. Deeds in this October 4 article:

The first sentence in that article says: "”Creigh Deeds was stammering, as is often his way when trying to explain a change in one of his political positions.”

A later sentence says: “He (Deeds) stammered a little. He looked down at the conference table. He said that, for himself, marriage was between a man and a woman, then went on: ‘I, I, I support . . . making sure everybody has equal rights.’”

Posted by: VirginianforFreedom | October 12, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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