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New ad pushes Deeds as hometown choice

Rosalind Helderman

Another new ad from the Deeds campaign today, this one for the Bristol and Harrisonburg markets. The spot is designed to get votes for Deeds as the hometown kid. It features footage of Deeds with a shotgun and notes his A rating from the NRA; it does not mention that the NRA has endorsed Republican Bob McDonnell this year.

"For too long...our part of Virginia has been forgotten. Forgotten by Richmond when it comes to jobs, roads and schools. But this election we have a chance to change all that by voting for Creigh Deeds," the narrator says.

It's a message that Deeds has hit hard before and that could go over well in rural Virginia where many people do feel forgotten. It may not be as well received in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia, where many voters think too few of their tax dollars stay in their regions already.

The ad concludes, "Creigh is from here...and has never left," a notion that has already earned him some mocking from the Republican Party of Virginia. Deeds' Bath County home is definitely on the state's rural end. But it's 85 miles from Harrisonburg and a full 240 miles to Bristol.

Watch the ad here:

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 19, 2009; 7:10 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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"For too long...our part of Virginia has been forgotten. Forgotten by Richmond when it comes to jobs, roads and schools."

Deeds can't be serious! N. VA is being pilfered by Richmond and Deeds has the audacity to say that's it's the areas outside of N. VA that have been forgotten? This is outrageous. So what can we take from this? He's going to raise taxes, the brunt of it to be paid by N. VA, and send it to the "forgotten" areas of Virginia? Sure sounds like it to me. N. VA voters, do you need anymore evidence that Deeds hasn't a clue and is only interested in your vote?

Hey WaPo, any chance you'll retract that endorsement after this? Doubt it. He's willing to raise taxes. That's all you needed to hear. You guys are as clueless as Deeds.

Posted by: conservativemaverick | October 19, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Bath County is not 85 miles from Harrisonburg--it's about 50 miles. And it's close to, but not quite 200 miles to Bristol....what, are you taking GOP talking points as gospel and too lazy to verify these FACTS yourself!? All it takes is a ruler and Google Maps!

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 20, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

OK well, I guess the difference is in "as the crow flies" vs. "driving directions"....still, these two places--Bath County and Bristol (or Harrisonburg) are certainly much alike in terms of the economic challenges that Deeds' ad is referencing. From my point of view, this is a much, MUCH more genuine comparison than that of Bob "YOUR OWN" McDonnell, who purports to be "from" every part of the state!

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 20, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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