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First Click -- Virginia

Anita Kumar

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009

Good morning everyone. Here's what's happening in politics around the state today.

Republican Bob McDonnell and Democrat Creigh Deeds shared a stage twice yesterday. Well, sort of.

First, they appeared at a candidate's forum sponsored by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. Later, they participated in interviews as part of a previously taped hour-long TV special where Deeds blamed Washington woes for his problems.

Today, McDonnell will shake some hands at the Chesapeake Sheriff's Great American Food Fest while Deeds will discuss his higher ed plans with students and faculty at the University of Virginia.

Sen. John McCain will hold a veterans rally for McDonnell this month, while the Wall Street Journal is just the latest newspaper to wonder if McCain's former opponent, President Obama is distancing himself from Deeds's campaign.

The flap over billonaire BET co-founder Sheila Johnson's remarks about Deeds' speaking styleis not quite over. A Northern Virginia PAC that advocates on behalf of people with disabilities is calling on McDonnell to apologize for his supporter's remarks. The issue has prompted some to wonder if the race is all about style ?

Gov. Tim Kaine, his party's national chairman, talks about Deeds's need to sell himself. McDonnell continues to woo Redskins fans.

The Washington Business Journal talks energy, and the Washington Post talks traffic.

There was only one new ad yesterday. Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling began his first attack ad targeting his Democratic opponent, Jody Wagner. The topic was taxes. What else?

Attorney general candidates, Steve Shannon and Ken Cuccinelli square off in their third of four debates tonight in Prince William County. If it's anything like last week's debate on WTOP, it should be entertaining.

And finally here's a fun new video from the Republican Party of Virginia on Deeds:

By Anita Kumar  |  October 7, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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What is most disturbing here is that Bob McDonnell just doesn't understand the need for an apology. And, as long as he refuses to say he is sorry, his silence on the matter tells me he doesn't see anything wrong with his behavior or that of Ms. Johnson.

I pity the man who refuses to apologize, but I won't vote for him. I find both Sheila Johnson's and Robert McDonnell's behavior in this situation shocking and sad.

As a mother of children both with and without disabilities, I have witnessed first-hand the hurt and hot tears that inevitably flow when someone makes fun of a child's disability to impress their friends. I have explained to my children that if they either experience or witness such meanness by others, they have a duty to ask politely for an apology. Similarly, it is my duty as an adult to speak to the child's parent and inform them about what happened. I have never had an adult refuse to apologize for their child's behavior.

I can appreciate and accept Ms. Johnson's apology and know that if anyone were to mock her for either her race or gender, she would certainly expect the same. Mr. McDonnell's refusal to apologize for her belittling and callous remarks, is bizarre and makes me question his integrity and his honesty.

If he lacks the grace and good sense to issue an apology for this insulting and insensitive behavior by someone speaking in his presence and on his behalf, perhaps he needs to visit his alma mater, Regent University -- founded by televangelist Pat Robertson -- and brush up on what it means to be a Christian.

Posted by: wolfies | October 7, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

This just is more of the same from the disingenuous, disrespectful, demagogue who is McDonnell. He's nothing more than an intolerant, lying theocrat.

Posted by: BigDaddyD | October 7, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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