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Sheila Johnson Apologizes for Deeds Remark

Rosalind Helderman

We just received the following statement from Sheila Johnson, about the video clip of her appearing to mock Democrat Creigh Deeds's speaking style:

"Two weeks ago I made reference to Creigh Deeds' inability to clearly communicate effective solutions to the serious problems facing Virginia. I shouldn't have done it in the manner in which I did and for that I apologize for any offense he, or others, may have taken," she said.

Does that end this campaign kerfuffle? We'll see.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 5, 2009; 4:46 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Apologies are all well and good but public figures really have no excuse for behaving that way. So if this is supposed to make it all better it doesn't. It only truly reveals the complete lack of character of Sheila Johnson, compounded by the lack of judgment of Bob McDonnell's campaign. I hope the public will realize that this kind of ugly goes straight to the core and it is NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF VIRGINIANS. Reject Bob McDonnell his negative agenda on Nov 3rd!

Posted by: csread | October 5, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse


So with your logic, we should have never voted for Tim Kaine, whose biggest $ supporter (inauguration + campaign) was Sheila Johnson, right?

BTW, Mrs. Johnson is a private citizen AND a prominent Democrat throughout the country.

Posted by: HumbleGovWorker | October 5, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I was actually already annoyed that the Washington Post hung its recent weekend "profile" of Deeds on the "oooh, he has a slight speech impediment, must be a sign of bad character," theory. Read the profile from this weekend -- you won't have to go far to see what I'm talking about since the "he stammers, so for that reason there must be something wrong with him" vibe kicks in right in the first sentence and keeps going from there. They tie it in to a particular issue but it sure stuck out to me as a very dated take on speech issues.

Seems like every other public figure with a very slight speech hesitation is either treated as speaking normally (in other words, it's ignored), or else praised for carrying on and overcoming that challenge. That is, unless it's the Washington Post or Sheila Johnson talking about Creigh Deeds. Like the National Stuttering Association said, thank goodness some local candidate isn't in a wheelchair or they'd really have a laugh at his expense.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | October 5, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Ms. Johnson -- You must be using the GOP "Apology Book" now too.

You apologize for any offense that "might" have been taken?

That is what is called the "Conservative Non-Apology Apology."

And, no the matter will NOT be over, Ms. Helderman. Especially given the fact that Ms. McDonnell's spokesman already spoke for Ms. Johnson, saying that what Ms. Johnson meant was that Senator Deeds was "straddling" issues.

So -- "might" you have been rude or were you saying that the guy you aren't supporting is an issue "straddler?"

Ru-ru-ru-rude? Or, a stra-stra-stra-ddler?

Posted by: rebeccajm | October 5, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

WOW, I have only been away from the DC area for 6 months and I see a lot of Democrats fighting with each other. I didnt think that ever happened.
A Democrat making fun of another Democrat AND supporting a Republican AND she is black?? This must be the twilight zone. Or, maybe, my brothers and sisters of color are starting to see that the Democrats really do not care for the black man. That the Democrats will do everything in their power to keep us dependent on government handouts.
I am very proud of Ms. Johnson for taking this stand and supporting a party that really cares about this country. She does not need to apologize. Everyone but Deeds was offended. I could see now that if she was making fun of a republican, everyone at the Post and everyone who posts on here would be having a laugh for a month.

Posted by: opiesysco | October 6, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

"Or, maybe, my brothers and sisters of color are starting to see that the Democrats really do not care for the black man."

If you think your "sister" Sheila Johnson gives a crap about you, you are even dumber than your post would indicate. How about how your "sister" portrays many of your other sisters on BET -- as skanks and hos?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 6, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Sheila Johnson demonstrated once again what happens when a small brain takes control of a big mouth.

Posted by: lightkeeper | October 6, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Sheila Johnson demonstrated once again what happens when a small brain takes control of a big mouth.

Posted by: lightkeeper | October 6, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Real classy, but all you need do is consider the source! Ignorance knows no bounds in that group of ignorant fools.

Posted by: hindsight2040 | October 6, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Why does anyone care what this dimwitted woman does or does not say? She is a low class hausfrau who stole a ticket that won the lottery. She can paint it to death, bedazzle it, build a gold box for it, and bark about it all over creation, it is still a sow's ear.

Knowing her history and that of her ex-husband there is something in this for Sheila. These people could not care less about the public good. They are fraud's of the worst kind.

Posted by: SoCali | October 6, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Sheila Johnson owes McDonnell a lot of favors. If the truth was exposed, she would have went down in flames. So she turns her support to McDonnell as payback.

Posted by: rontaylor68 | October 6, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

???? ---- Deeds is incoherent sometimes, so what's to apologize? Maybe Saturday Night Live should also apologize to Obama for mocking his lack of accomplishments.

Posted by: letsfroggy1 | October 6, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

she be trifflin.

Posted by: proudgaycuban | October 6, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

No, it doesn't end this "kerfuffle."


Posted by: wolfies | October 8, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Little Timmy lifted the pencil and stuck it in Little Bobby's eye.
When Little Bobby returns from the emergency room, Little Timmy issues his statement:
"I apologized IF you felt any pain from the pencil I stuck in your eye".
There is so much wrong with this on so many levels, and it scares me that ANYONE would think or accept this as an apology.
Are we saying that its OK to stick a pencil in someone's eye IF they can't feel the pain.
Get real people.

Posted by: yougetwhatyouaskfor | October 12, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

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