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Moran Advises Deeds: Give People a Reason to Vote for You

Rosalind Helderman

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran says Democrat Creigh Deeds is very much in a position to win his campaign for governor, but says he counseled his party's nominee last night that he needs to push back against consultant advice to run negative ads, and run positive spots instead.

Moran said Deeds is being supported by an anti-McDonnell vote but now must give voters a reason to vote for him instead of against the other guy.

"We had a conversation last night," Moran said. "I said: 'All your consultants are going to tell you to go negative, just like they told my brother. And spend all your money on negative because positive ads don't move anything.' ... I said: 'You've got to go with your instinct. You're a genuine guy. People relate to you.' "

"That's how Creigh won the primary and I think that's how he'll win the general, by showing that he's very decent guy," Moran continued. "People know about the thesis -- the people who care about the thesis, they're in Northern Virginia and they read The Post and they know. But there's got to be more. He's got to give people a reason to vote for Creigh."

Moran said Deeds responded that he agreed and that was his instinct as well. He added that thinks the $1 million of new national Democratic money coming to Deeds is a sign that national party members believe the campaign is very winnable.

The comments came as Deeds toured a Shirlington shopping center with the congressman, his aforementioned brother--whose loss in the Democratic primary to Deeds in June has been thought by many to have come partly he ran a campaign that was too negative--and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner.

Warner squired Deeds around restaurants and outdoor patio areas, introducing the senator to voters again and again as his friend and telling voters that if they liked the progress Virginia made under his leadership, they should now back Deeds.

"I'm just a former governor, sitting senator. I'm not a pundit," Warner said of Moran's comments. "I think you'll see Creigh make a positive case. I think that's why he was successful in his primary and I think that's why he'll be successful in 29 days."

Brian Moran, meanwhile, defeated in the primary despite polls that had shown Deeds in third place for months, had the line of the day: "Creigh is is a strong finisher who knows how to come from behind. He's got Bob exactly where he wants him."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 5, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , James P. Moran Jr. , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Comments

I agree. I felt this way after the first week of "The Thesis of Bob McDonnell". It was good ammo to have, it was good to get a peek behind the image McDonnell is attempting to present - but you can't keep hammering away at that else you risk negative results. Deeds has to create some excitement FOR him, not merely fear or dread of his opponent.

Posted by: hitpoints | October 5, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I agree, too. It was the same way with the McCain campaign in 2008. When you're negative all the time, some of the negative impression blows back on you.

Posted by: valandsend | October 5, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Congressman Moron giving advice to Creepy Deeds? What a laugher!!!! Perhaps Rep. Moron can counsel Creepy Deeds on how to hate Jews and give him his insights on how the "Jewish lobby" controls American foreign policy.

Although Creepy Deeds probably does not need any guidance on this issue, but perhaps Rep. Moron can teach Creepy a thing or two about corruption (i.e., how to take money from big corporations and then shill for them in Congress by pushing for NoVa "projects").

I wonder whether Rep. Moron brought Dr. Dean along to answer his constituents questions about health care reform because he is too stupid to otherwise answer them himself.

How any fair-minded NoVa resident can look to Jim Moron's endorsement as a good reason to vote for Creepy Deeds needs to get their head examined.

Posted by: aaronburr94 | October 5, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

@aaronburr94: Yes -- you are the right poster to tell the very sweet Creigh Deeds how to run a positive campaign!

In any case, Creigh needed to push back against the completely fake "moderate" Bob McDonnell, who thought he could pretend to be something he was not.

Now that it has been been firmly established what a lying Theocrat McDonnell is, Senator Deeds can, indeed make the positive case for his election.

It is unfortunate that Deeds had to clear away the mud before he could move forward, but that sometimes you have to get the dirty work out of the way!

Posted by: rebeccajm | October 5, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

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