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Updated: Northern Virginia Tech Group to Endorse McDonnell

Anita Kumar

Republican Bob McDonnell picked up the support today of the Northern Virginia Technology Council's PAC -- marking his second major business endorsement in the all-important vote-rich region.

The political arm of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce endorsed McDonnell over Democrat Creigh Deeds last week.

The NVTC has about 1,000 member companies representing more than 200,000 employees and is considered one of the premier business groups in the region.

The TechPAC board voted to endorse McDonnell after interviewing both candidates this week and examining their voting records on issues of importance to Northern Virginia's technology community.

"The trustees determined that Bob McDonnell is a strong leader with specific proposals to ensure Virginia remains a competitive and innovative global technology center," said Dendy Young, TechPAC chairman and CEO of McLean Capital. "McDonnell has a consistent history of working closely with our technology industry and will build on his record of developing and supporting Virginia's technology initiatives and on his long-term commitment to business development in the commonwealth."

Still, the endorsement wasn't too much of a surprise. In 2005, the group backed Republican Jerry Kilgore over Democrat Tim Kaine.

Some business groups have not warmed to Deeds this year. Instead they are supporting McDonnell, who has pledged to create jobs, fix roads, keep taxes and regulation low and protect Virginia's right-to-work laws. In recent weeks he has been endorsed by groups that represent small businesses, credit unions, Realtors and farmers.

McDonnell vowed to place a greater focus on science, technology, engineering and math in public schools and to expand affordability and accessibility at our colleges and universities.

"Northern Virginia's technology community powers the economy of our state,'' he said. "The men and women who work at these companies are the innovators key to Virginia, and America's, future economic prosperity. They want a governor who will put in place policies that allow them to grow jobs, create wealth, and expand their operations. That is the kind of governor I will be."

By Anita Kumar  |  October 1, 2009; 1:38 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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So the people who create new high paying technology jobs support McDonnell while the union bosses that demand more power without producing more results are backing Deeds? Got it.

Posted by: OldVirginian | October 1, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

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