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Democrats Make a Weekend Push In Va.

Anita Kumar

Organizing for America, an arm of the Democratic National Committee, is asking supporters from other states to travel to Virginia this weekend for gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds.

The group sent emails to thousands of members in D.C. and Maryland, asking for volunteers to door-knock for Deeds, with a goal of working 5,000 hours by next weekend.

"Because this race isn't just about Virginia -- it's about standing up for the progress we've all fought so hard for and making sure our entire country keeps heading in the right direction,'' Mitch Stewart, the group's director, writes in the email.

Deeds will appear at six events with DNC Chairman and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and Jody Wagner, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, in Northern Virginia.

McDonnell will appear a veterans rally with Sen. John McCain tomorrow morning in Virginia Beach. He will appear with U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor in Richmond in the afternoon

McDonnell and Deeds do not have any public events Sunday. They will visit churches in the morning and spend the day preparing for the fourth and final debate, which will take place in Ronoake Tuesday night. Deeds will also have a mid-day fundraiser in Richmond.

Check back tomorrow for updates from Deeds's and McDonnell's travels.

In the meantime, read the Organizing for America letter below:

Friend --

With less than three weeks left until the governor's election in Virginia, two things are certain: First, the more voters know about the very different records of the two candidates, the more they support Creigh Deeds. Second, the best way to spread the facts is the same way we won last year's election -- face-to-face conversations between voters and volunteers.

That's why Creigh Deeds' campaign is launching an ambitious plan to reach out to Virginia voters and spread the word. They've done the math, and to reach a critical mass of voters they need 5,000 volunteer hours between now and October 24th.

So this weekend, Organizing for America is doing all we can to help them reach that goal -- including organizing supporters from D.C. to go door to door to talk with Virginia voters. Because this race isn't just about Virginia -- it's about standing up for the progress we've all fought so hard for and making sure our entire country keeps heading in the right direction.

Organizing for America volunteers in D.C. are gathering this weekend to carpool to Virginia and go door to door talking with voters. Can you join us?

We need to get the word out and make sure voters know about Bob McDonnell's offensive views about women and families so they can make informed choices in November. McDonnell has voted for pay discrimination against women, and at Regent University, oversaw a discriminatory hiring policy that favored men over women.

Creigh Deeds is focusing on bringing jobs to Virginia, not on a social agenda that brings the Commonwealth backward. By joining with other Organizing for America supporters from your area this weekend, you'll make a huge difference in this race and have fun along the way. Volunteers from Organizing for America and Creigh Deeds' campaign will be on hand to give you all the information and materials you'll need to be successful. All you need to bring is yourself, some friends, and a car if you have one.

When we put in the hours, work door-by-door, block-by-block, and neighborhood-by-neighborhood like we did during President Obama's campaign, we know we can win this race from the bottom up.

Hope to see you out there this weekend,


Mitch Stewart
Organizing for America

By Anita Kumar  |  October 16, 2009; 6:34 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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The Compost is still humping Deeds? Look into this IRS, at some point this endless lap dog coverage must be considered income..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 17, 2009 3:12 AM | Report abuse

Where to begin?

Kumar, you're despicable. Using the blog to reprint, verbatim, OFA propaganda is beneath contempt.

Posted by: usrbinperl | October 17, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for reporting on this interesting development.

Any word on why OFA can't reach a 5000 volunteer hour goal with Virginia volunteers? Has enthusiasm for the Deeds campaign fallen so low among Virginia Democrats?

Another question: how effective are these out-of-state volunteers likely to be, given their likely lack of knowledge about the issues important to Virginians in this race?

Posted by: junomoneta88 | October 17, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

This should be labeled “Creigh Deeds Trick-or-Treat Voter Drive”.

Seeing as they are faux-supporters coming from Maryland and the District, I say give them a piece of Halloween candy and send them on their way.

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVirginia | October 17, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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