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Deeds Ad Suggests McDonnell is Robertson's, Not Fairfax's Own

Rosalind Helderman

Democrat Creigh Deeds is not backing off negative campaign ads against Republican Bob McDonnell, at least in the Northern Virginia area.

The campaign this morning releases a new spot already airing in the Washington area, which attacks McDonnell's claim, featured on many campaign signs, that he is "Fairfax's Own" because of his Northern Virginia childhood.

"Bob McDonnell says he's from Fairfax County," the narrator says. "But that was before he attended Pat Robertson's law school. And served on its board." Before, the narrator continues, he wrote that working women are detrimental to the family, he introduced 35 bills on abortion or voted against equal pay for women.

"So no matter what McDonnell claims, all signs say he's not from around here...anymore," it concludes.

The campaign has says it will continue to air both positive spots on Deeds' proposals as well as what political operatives prefer to term "contrast" pieces. This new ad won't do anything to quiet critics who have said the campaign has too much of the latter going and not enough of the former.

It should be noted though that there there are plenty of negative ads being run by Republicans as well. Just this weekend, it appears the Republican Governors Association introduced a new version of its ads featuring footage of Deeds' weak performance answering reporters' questions about taxes after the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce debate last month. "Deeds Flips...Deeds Flops" the ad says.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 12, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Comments

Someone should ask Deeds at the debate to explain why he disagrees with Tim Kaine, who said last summer that he's proud of Virginia's universities.

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | October 12, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Has deeds gone off the deep end? He must have hired John McCains campaign manager. Just like the Redskins he's gettin worse and worse behind in the polls. He's now an official embarrassment. I'm even gonna vote for McDonnell

Posted by: espnfan | October 12, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Dirty Deeds went "all in" on the bogus thesis. How'd that work out for ya, Creigh?

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 12, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Someone should ask Deeds at the debate to explain why he disagrees with Tim Kaine, who said last summer that he's proud of Virginia's universities.

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | October 12, 2009 10:12 AM
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I think that would be wonderful because most of us in Virginia are proud of the public universities of Virginia, supported by our tax dollars, and also proud of many of the private ones -- but not Regent University, which was used to fill the Justice Department with overly ideological lawyers chosen for conservative thought purity instead of professional expertise.

The Bush administration's trashing of the Justice Department has been a concern across the political spectrum. Regent University graduates, hired over more qualified lawyers from other schools, were a central part of that fiasco.

It could only help Deeds and hurt McDonnell if the moderator asks both candidates to discuss Regent University.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | October 12, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

fairfaxvoter:

As long as you're also indicting lawyers from Harvard, like Gonzales, you can't really put that one off on Regent. You can't just say, Gonzales was unqualified for some other reason, but all these lawyers were unqualified because they went to Regent. You have to actually show how they were unqualified. And how were these lawyers more qualified? Because they went somewhere other than Regent? All you have to do is look at this year's candidates for governor. McDonnell is clearly a much more qualified and smoother candidate than Deeds. If you doubt that, watch tonight's debate.

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | October 12, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Dirty Deeds hasn't made the front page of the Compost in a while. Could it be that he's down 10% with 2 weeks to go?

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 12, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Last time I checked Liberty University is a "Private University" not owned or run by the state of Virginia as you deliberately misrepresent OIM. Do you have any other idiotic comments to post?
Or could you explain why McDonnell is intent on destroying Virginia's great PUBLIC education system by raiding its General Fund or is this another secret Gillmore like tax plan the Va Republican party is planning?

Posted by: leichtman | October 12, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

And how were these lawyers more qualified?

Simple: they admitted in Senate hearings that they were illegally made Political Appointments to the Justice Dept and Regents graduates in the Justice Dept. bragged that they had zero experience at the Justice Dept or as Litigators before their high level appointments. Their only real experience was to make spurious arguments why they opposed abortion which is apparently the only criteria for the McDonnell crowd necessary to try and turn back Virginia 50 years.

Posted by: leichtman | October 12, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

"bogus thesis?"

So are you now suggesting that his Masters Degree was dishonestly earned or that he crossed his fingers when he wrote it?

Posted by: leichtman | October 12, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

So Deeds is attacking his opponent for association with a man that dedicated his life to starting churches, spreading the Gospel, and founded a university? Yeah, keep using THAT strategy.

Posted by: DesScorp | October 12, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Yet another "culture war" negative ad from the Democrats.

It seems there is nothing positive to say about the Democratic agenda and how it's working so far, or about Deeds' policy positions and administrative experience.

Posted by: VirginiaIndependent | October 12, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Its not over yet, but according the polls, Virginia seems to favor a statehouse taking orders from Pat Robertson. While I find that hard to believe in this century... it appears to be true. Now, smile and pass the collection plate!

Posted by: free-donny | October 12, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

So Deeds is attacking his opponent for association with a man that dedicated his life to starting churches, spreading the Gospel, and founded a university? Yeah, keep using THAT strategy.

Posted by: DesScorp | October 12, 2009 2:13 PM

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Don't you think you're glossing over Pat Robertson's history a LITTLE bit? He's more Oral Roberts than Mother Teresa.

Posted by: valandsend | October 12, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse


NEWSFLASH::::

Deeds should start telling people why they should vote for him instead of telling folks why they shouldn't vote for McDonnell.


In any casem Deeds is toast. He is way behind in the polls.. Virginia is going back to RED baby. We are SICK OF LIBERALS.

Posted by: AlbyVA | October 12, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

i wouldn't really call the thesis bogus, McDonnel has proven himself to be a backwards religous right winger, no thanks, i'll vote for Deeds

Posted by: destewar | October 12, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

”Mr. McDonnell said, “There are blocs of independent voters that are being driven over — or inclined to support me (McDonnell) — because they are very concerned about these federal policies: its spending and the new intrusions into the free enterprise system ---.

So McDonnell attributes the economic downturn to Obama? Sorry that's Bush's recession. So McDonnell attributes the bank bailout to Obama. Sorry that's the Bush decision. So McDonnell attributes the attempt to help homeowners who were scammed by the banks, whose houses are now underwater, and are now facing foreclosure to be intrusions into the free enterprise system. Yes, that IS Obama's effort to correct the wrongs that the Republicans fostered on us through their facilitating criminal behavior which they now describe as free enterprise. Medicare in its present state will go bankrupt by 2020. What did Bush and the Republicans do; absolutely nothing. It is Obama who is currently trying to find a means to continue to meet the commitments made by our government. All workers pay for Medicare. Is it socialism to expect the government to meet its promises? Absolutely not.

So just like the Republican Congress and just like his behavior as a member of the House of Delegates, Bobbie McDonnell is throwing verbal grenades rather than working together to make the Commonwealth and this wonderful county a little bit better every day.

Posted by: Willis3 | October 12, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

”Mr. McDonnell said, “There are blocs of independent voters that are being driven over — or inclined to support me (McDonnell) — because they are very concerned about these federal policies: its spending and the new intrusions into the free enterprise system ---.

So McDonnell attributes the economic downturn to Obama? Sorry that's Bush's recession. So McDonnell attributes the bank bailout to Obama. Sorry that's the Bush decision. So McDonnell attributes the attempt to help homeowners who were scammed by the banks, whose houses are now underwater, and are now facing foreclosure to be intrusions into the free enterprise system. Yes, that IS Obama's effort to correct the wrongs that the Republicans fostered on us through their facilitating criminal behavior which they now describe as free enterprise. Medicare in its present state will go bankrupt by 2020. What did Bush and the Republicans do; absolutely nothing. It is Obama who is currently trying to find a means to continue to meet the commitments made by our government. All workers pay for Medicare. Is it socialism to expect the government to meet its promises? Absolutely not.

So just like the Republican Congress and just like his behavior as a member of the House of Delegates, Bobbie McDonnell is throwing verbal grenades rather than working together to make the Commonwealth and this wonderful county a little bit better every day.

Posted by: Willis3 | October 12, 2009 7:47 PM
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Just keep blaming Bush and Republicans for democrats' inadequacies until the end of time. Twenty years from now are you going to be singing the same song?

Sorry but liberal Field of Dreams economics don't work and we're seeing the evidence. Fine tax business, extend unemployment and increase government spending calling it "hope and change" but its the same economy tanking naive view liberals can't seem to learn from regardless how many times it fails through world history.

Go read up on Socialist Internationale and the organizations the Obama administration and democrat legislative staffers come from. Battling climate change and building a world government where we are "responsible world citizens" like the far left democrats now in charge always tout requires decimating the american economy. It is right in their literature it isn't some "right wing" slant. Liberals are doing a fantastic job of tanking the economy. Maybe we can force Ford to be owned by the government and sell units to China too. Hope and change right!

Or just do what I expect, keep your blinders on, use the 2 oft repeated "racism" and "big corporation" 2 track mind liberal deflections and bury your head in the sand. Its what you liberals do best when reality doesn't fit your ideals.

Posted by: Cryos | October 13, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

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