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One day later, Deeds gets Post nod in ad

Rosalind Helderman

That didn't take long. Democrat Creigh Deeds will begin airing a television ad today in Northern Virginia using lines from Sunday's endorsement by The Post editorial board, praising Deeds on education, transportation and the economy. It worked to spark momentum for the Deeds campaign during the Democratic primary -- Deeds hopes it can do the same this time.

The ad is all positive, including only lines from the editorial that support Deeds and resisting the temptation to use some of the choice language the ed board had for opponent Republican Bob McDonnell.

Watch the ad here.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 19, 2009; 11:24 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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New Poll: 60% of Virginians oppose raising taxes to address transportation problems. 29% of Virginians have joined Creigh Deeds and the Washington Post editors to support raising taxes on Virginians.

See this:

Posted by: VirginianforFreedom | October 19, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I suspect it won't take long for McDonnell to begin airing ads saying that the Post endorsed Deeds because he plans to raise taxes.

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | October 19, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link, VFF, that's an interesting poll. Looks like the folks they surveyed did prefer McDonnell's funding methods to Deeds's, including a majority in favor of ABC store privatization. Interesting too that a good chunk of folks overestimated current gas taxes.

I wonder if anyone's done research as to what the threshhold is for getting a majority in favor when asking "should taxes be raised to accomplish X."

Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | October 19, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Post says they endorse Deeds because of his vision, promises and upfront realistic views on taxes. The nobel committee said the same of Obama - awarding it for his hop and vision - action accounts for nothing...Seems like the legitimate papers in VA are endorsing McDonnell 3:1. No wonder NoVa is in shambles.

Posted by: espnfan | October 19, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering, maybe someone could answer for me, 2 questions:

-Do any of the Post's Ed Board actually live in the Old Dominion?

-When is the last time the Post endorsed a statewide VA Republican in a general election?

Posted by: SpotsySteve | October 19, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Since the Post has often endorsed candidates that lose (Devolites-Davis in 2007, many local candidates going back years), why are so many Republicans freaking out about the Post endorsement yesterday? What are they afraid is going to happen?

Could it have been the devastatingly accurate description of Bob McDonnell's rather disingenuous claims that he can do something about transportation in Virginia with his smoke & mirrors "funding plans"?

The liquor store sell-off, besides being a complete misrepresentation in market worth ($500M?--you wish!), will short the state by more than $100M in annual general fund revenue, and invite one of the most corrupt industries in the country into exploiting certain areas of the state. We'll have a liquor store on every corner now, in addition to the check-cashing, pawn shop, and 7-11 stores! WHAT PROGRESS!!!

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 19, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The only hope Dirty Deeds had was ACORN stuffing ballot boxes, which really isn't mush different from what the Compost tries to do when you think about it, but thanks to Andrew Breitbart, they shouldn't be a factor. McDonnell by 10+

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 19, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

SMWE357, once again, shows ignorance of Virginia and her politics....the last time a statewide Virginia Governor or Lt Gov race was decided by more than 5-6%, we weren't even fighting over Bill Clinton getting a BJ in the Oval Office yet! Whichever candidate wins this race, SMWE357, it's going to be a close election, as Virginia elections always are at this level. And before Gilmore (which was still only 12%), they were always pretty close.

The fact of the matter is, Republicans are so confident they've got this in the bag--as a Democratic GOTV operative that kind of makes me happy because it begs complacency---and I haven't seen a SINGLE GOP GOTV operative in my neighborhood yet, unlike in even 2008!

The GOP's ground game seems rather non-existent anywhere outside of reliable GOP precincts....sorry, but that's not going to cut it Pugs....if we get our vote out, and you don't improve EVERYWHERE, you're going to be more than a little surprised on Election Night!!

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 19, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

The best thing Dirty Deeds can do for his career at this point is go back to Mayberry, and get some experience as dogcatcher. He's so far out of his depth it's actually stunning, but then truth be told, there's not a democrat in the country worth a damn..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 19, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Regarding where the various campaign activists are targeting their activism, the only Deeds activism I've seen in my NoVa neighborhood were the campaign workers ripping all the McDonnell campaign sides out of the ground along the side of the road and replacing them with their Deeds signs. Lovely.

I've also had 3 different Republican canvassers knock on my door in the last month. Nobody from the other side. And my neighborhood went heavily for Obama last year.

I suspect the Post endorsement will help Deeds in NoVa to a degree that nobody really knows yet. It was a red meat editorial for Dems, and I'd be surprised if it didn't get some people energized on their side. But I also know it will energize folks on the other side who are enraged that the editorial was so completely one-sided and ignored not only the incompetence of the Deeds campaign, but the Deeds campaign's level of dishonesty that many other newspapers across the spectrum have highlighted for months. The Post is entitled to its opinion (emphasis on 'opinion'), but the partisan nature of this opinion truly sets them apart from much of their media brethren in Virginia. This doesn't automatically mean the Post's views are false, but it does mean voters should consider the source, as they should every four years when the Post tends to play the same album they've played this time.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | October 19, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

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