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GOP supporter defects from Deeds camp

Sandhya Somashekhar

Former Roanoke state Sen. Brandon Bell, who had been among some prominent Republican supporters of Democratic gubernatorial candidate R. Creigh Deeds earlier this year, announced Wednesday that he changed his mind and now supporters Republican Robert F. McDonnell, the McDonnell campaign announced today.

"I've watched this campaign unfold since both candidates secured their respective nominations," Bell said in a statement issued by the McDonnell folks. "In the four months since that time, Bob McDonnell has impressed me with his campaign, and his determined focus on rolling out specific policy proposals for Virginia's future."

Two steadfast Republican supporters of Deeds, former state senator Russ Potts of Winchester and former delegate Jim Dillard of Fairfax, are on the road in Northern Virginia today talking up his education plan. Mike Gehrke of the Deeds campaign today simply said, "We're still proud of the support we have from Republicans who know Bob McDonnell and have served with him."

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 21, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Comments

Read and weep, 2010 is not far away and many of the Spendocrats and liberal loonies will not be returning to office. If Obamacare is rammed through it will be the end of many political careers.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | October 21, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone really who Brandon Bell supports now? Did anyone care who he originally supported? Or if he supports anyone? Or no one? We're talking about the only guy to win a state senate twice and then to proceed to get defeated for re-election twice. His endorsement--whether it was for Deeds or for McDonnell--was not one that actually came with a lot of fervent supporters behind him...

Posted by: JohnnyVegas2 | October 21, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone really care who Brandon Bell supports now? Did anyone care who he originally supported? Or if he supports anyone? Or no one? We're talking about the only guy to win a state senate twice and then to proceed to get defeated for re-election twice. His endorsement--whether it was for Deeds or for McDonnell--was not one that actually came with a lot of fervent supporters behind him...

Posted by: JohnnyVegas2 | October 21, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

It's really quite astounding that the Post is showcasing Republican supporters of Deeds but refuses to even mention that Doug Wilder made a public statement yesterday all but endorsing McDonnell.

Posted by: tomtildrum | October 21, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Face it folks, Governor McDonnell is running against the Compost. Deeds is a clown..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 21, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Honestly . . . Creigh Deeds has fumbled his way through this campaign to the point where I expect to hear he endorses Bob McDonnell for Governor.

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVirginia | October 21, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

JohnnyVegas2,

As a resident of the Senate District currently represented by Ralph Smith---what Brandon Bell has to say means something. Bell barely lost the primary in 2007 (of which Ralph barely beat the Democratic challenger by a squeezing just over 50.1% of the vote)and Bell represented the John Warner-John Dalton Republicans that are inherent in Northern Botetourt County (near Rockbridge) and rural parts of Roanoke County.

Brandon Bell represents the old-school moderate voice of the Shenandoah-Blue Ridge apex and his opinion provides incite for many traditional Republican voters of the area.

Posted by: BJRWC4 | October 22, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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