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Deeds Airs Transportation Ad

Anita Kumar

It doesn't appear that Democrat Creigh Deeds is taking the advice of some of his party's elected officials to stop going negative.

Deeds today released a new statewide TV ad, entitled Dishonest, that, well, is negative. It outlines what some newspapers are saying about Republican Bob McDonnell's transportation plan -- calling it "dishonest" and "dead on arrival."

"This ad proves two points,'' said Tucker Martin, a McDonnell spokesman. "First, Creigh Deeds and The Washington Post editorial board both agree on hitting Virginians with a massive tax hike in the middle of a recession. Second, Terry McAuliffe still knows his politics. He presciently noted yesterday "Creigh pretty much doesn't have to say anything because the Washington Post is out there every day doing it."

Read the script below:

Narrator: On transportation and taxes, the Washington Post says Bob McDonnell is being "dishonest with Virginians".

McDonnell knows his transportation plan is "Dead on Arrival."

And even Republicans admit his plan raids $5 billion dollars from local schools and core priorities.

The Post says it's Creigh Deeds who has the honest transportation plan.

It's smart, bipartisan, and finally solves our traffic problems -- without taking money from our schools.

CD: "I'm Creigh Deeds, candidate for Governor, and my campaign sponsored this ad."

By Anita Kumar  |  October 8, 2009; 1:24 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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OK, so it's negative.

But it's also the truth.

Posted by: BigDaddyD | October 8, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

By "some newspapers" you mean the Post and... and... um... The Washington Post Online? Does that count as a second newspaper so as to make this statement plural?

You guys are the only newspaper out there shilling for Deeds.

Posted by: JTR555 | October 8, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you gotta love Tucker Martin and the McDonnell campaign - when Deeds does feel good generic stuff they whine on and on about how Creigh has "no real plan", when he outlines his plan pretty clearly, they shout about him raising taxes.

Yeah Creigh said he might raise taxes, and that sounds like a plan to me, so which is it Tucker - plan or no plan?

Posted by: antoniomelias | October 8, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Creigh Deeds has had the same solid transportation plan for some time now, both spelled out in the op-ed piece he wrote for the Washington Post, and in detail on his website. It's been well-received.

The McDonnell campaign has continued to say, up until the present, that Deeds 'has no plan at all.' That's simply not true.

If your opponent says you have no plan, and you actually do, it doesn't seem like negative campaigning to set the record straight. And, having done so, to explain why your plan is real and his (McDonnell's) is a cynical house of cards.

Deeds not Words!

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | October 8, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

"massive tax hike"

Ahhhh....the FEAR

Yes, invoking and playing off of peoples' fears are the only things McDonnell and the GOP know how to do when their proposals are levied with valid criticism.

The state liquor store sale is another nightmare waiting to happen--$100M per year in lost revenue to the state budget and the proliferation of a corruption prone industry that will prey on certain Virginia communities the way check-cashing, 7-11, and pawn shops currently do.

McDonnell will be a disaster for NoVA if he is elected--mark my words!

VOTE FOR CREIGH! He's not slick, but he's real--and effective.

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 8, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

fairfaxvoter, that's what the Republicans always say about a plan that is honest and upfront about what it's really going to take to get something done.

Even the $1B per year in new revenue for new projects isn't enough, but at least it's SOMETHING. Bob McDonnell's liquor store--oil revenues--steal from higher education trifecta is a state nightmare in the making.

Think Gilmoresque....if McDonnell is allowed to play these ridiculous games with our state the way Gilmore did, we're going to have yet another MESS that we'll have to come in and clean up four years later.


Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 8, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

At least Kaine threw his tax plan out there as a conversation starter and asked others to improve it. Deeds idea of improvement was adding a gas tax. Now he won't say what taxes he wants. That is dishonest. And the gas tax is the plan that is dead on arrival - even Ward Amstrong and every House Democrat voted against it. But Deeds gas tax doesn't even solve Northern Virginia's problems. Even if Deeds gets his 20 cent statewide gas tax, NOVA still needs another $400 million according to the business community. So is Deeds going to propose an additional 8 cent gas tax increase just in NOVA? Be honest and tell the voters. You may not like McDonnell's plan, but at least you have it in print to poke holes in it.

Posted by: OldVirginian | October 8, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 8, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse


But that is exactly the point. Telling people that taxes and revenues are on the table is HONEST. McDonnell's "plan" is craftily done in that it APPEARS he's got a real plan on paper....but it's just a paper tiger.

You can insinuate "even Ward Armstrong and every House Democrat voted against it"....well, can you please cite a specific vote? I can assure you, if we were talking about a vote on a bill to increase the gas tax or raise any revenue that would go into a STATEWIDE (not just NoVA) transportation projects fund (what Creigh has proposed) that not only would every single urban crescent Democrat vote for it, as well as every rural or small-town Democrat (because as a statewide solution they know they're not excluded!), but so would a generous smattering of Republicans.

Unfortunatley, however, THAT vote was never allowed to happen--the Republican leadership BLOCKED that during the transportation session and every general session since Kaine's been in power!

So I don't know what vote you're referring to, but it isn't a statewide tax increase for the transportation fund.

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 8, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Stay classy SMWE357, stay classy!

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 8, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The ad isn't really "honest". For example, the ad says "McDonnell knows his plan is dead on arrival". But McDonnell "knows" nothing of the kind, since that is simply the OPINION of the Washington Post. McDonnell believes he can pass his plan. If the Ad said "The Washington Post Editorial Board says his plan is dead on arrival", that would be true. By claiming to know what McDonnell is thinking, the advertisement is lying, just like most of Deeds' advertising.

The WP Fact-checking also notes that the by the argument Deeds makes over the "$5.4 billion", Deeds himself is stealing $3.3 billion" from schools as well (it's a stupid argument, suggesting that if you use money for something new, it must come equally from all other programs -- but Deeds' ads, and his campaign, often have illogical arguments).

The "Republicans" the Post uses are ones run out of office, and one who quit the party and ran against republicans before.

It's like Deeds called up his friends at the Post, and said "We need to quote the Post saying bad things about Bob and good things about me, so could you write an editorial about it?" And the Post of course did it, willing to do anything for their hand-picked candidate.

Posted by: charlesinva | October 17, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

COntinuing, the ad implies that the WP editorial on 9/24 said that Deeds transportation plan was smart, bipartisan, and finally solves our traffic problems. But the only real quote from 9/24 was the word "honest". Except the word "Honest" is not in the editorial. The real quote was:
"By his honesty, Mr. Deeds has now prepared the way for a mandate".

And what is that "mandate" for? Raising Taxes. The Post wasn't saying Deeds had a transportation "plan", or even an honest one. It was talking only about Deeds promising to raise our taxes, calling that honest.

Obviously, Deeds didn't want to tell voters that the WP was talking about his tax increase plan, so his ad lies and suggests the Post was calling his "transportation PLAN" honest, when he has no plan.

Posted by: charlesinva | October 17, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

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