Monday, April 20, 2009

Creigh Deeds finally attacks

From an e-mail I recieved today from the Creigh Deeds campaign:
J.C. --

Yesterday, I had my first debate with Terry and Brian at the College of William & Mary. Virginians finally got a chance to see the real choice in this election.

And the choice is clear.

Middle class families can't afford to have our Democratic nominee standing with Donald Trump and his Wall Street investors or with tainted defense contractors who have received million dollar earmarks from an older brother in Congress.We simply can't allow the Wall Street culture or the corrupt political establishment to control our agenda for the next four years.

I will continue to stand up and fight for the middle class when I'm Governor. That's why I didn't walk away from working families during the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression.

When I'm Governor, I will be on your side every single day. My wife Pam works full-time and we have four kids – two in college – so I understand exactly the challenges Virginia's working families are facing all across our Commonwealth.

We are less than 50 days away from the June 9th primary. I need your support to secure the nomination.

Now is the time to make your voice heard.

Will you make a donation of $50 or more right now to support our grassroots campaign?

Thanks for all that you do,

As Ben Tribbett correctly notes, "Wow."

I think Creigh Deeds is the best choice for Virginia Democrats this year. This is not to say that Moran or McAuliffe are either unqualified or fatally flawed: I just think that Deeds is better.

That being said, this move to engage his rivals is long overdue. Deeds has let his rivals get out of the gate before him and now has a lot of ground to make up.

This represents a major shift in strategy for the affable Deeds. If Creigh Deeds has a flaw as a politician it may be that he is too nice and doesn't like conflicts, especially with other Democrats. But there are reasonable critiques that can be raised against Moran and McAuliffe, and Deeds needs to show he can get out there and attack when it is justified.

1 comment:

JackKennedy said...

Boucher, McAuliffe and Deeds to Headline Energy Technology Summit

Wise, VA. – Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Va) and Democratic gubernatorial primary candidates Terry McAuliffe and Creigh Deeds and a number of expert speakers on cutting-edge fusion energy, wind farms, bio-fuels, carbon-based coal and natural gas will be among the speakers at the 2nd Annual Energy Technology Summit to be held Monday, April 27th at The University of Virginia College at Wise Student Union beginning at 8:30 AM.

The one-day summit, sponsored by the Southwestern Virginia Technology Council, will be a gathering of one hundred and fifty thought leaders in business, government, energy and the environment to develop strategies for making southwestern Virginia an international leader in the development of advanced energy technologies in the coming decade. A number of energy technology business announcements are planned.

The luncheon and outdoor picnic on the college campus will feature a display of hybrid electric cars to demonstrate the latest in electric and natural gas conversion technologies lead by the Advanced Vehicle Research Center located at the North Carolina Research Triangle. The summit lunch is expected to draw hundreds from the student and faculty campus population, the local community, and the summit delegates.

An afternoon gubernatorial energy policy forum will include two of the four major candidates for Virginia governor in a discussion exclusively devoted to energy and energy technology policies. Democrats Terry McAuliffe and Creigh Deeds have committed to attend and address the policy issues. Energy has been a major policy issue in the 2009 statewide gubernatorial campaigns.

Prior to the late afternoon adjournment, technology attorney Jeff Mitchell of Blacksburg will conduct a continuing legal education seminar on the federal economic stimulus package energy funding programs. An estimated $9-billion in federal dollars are targeted for small energy firms. Attorneys and accountants will receive professional education credits.

The 2009 Energy Technology Summit is an outgrowth of efforts within the regional technology community to assist in the development and growth of the regional energy technology economy. Contact Esther Bolling at 679-7800 for specific registration details. General admission tickets are $50.