The White House is stepping back from lending its heft to a bellwether gubernatorial race in Virginia, party strategists say, seeking to conserve its political capital and avoid close association with a candidate who might lose.
As VA Blogger at Too Conservative said: Ouch. He also notes that Obama has made plans to appear in New Jersey on behalf of Jon Corzine but is keeping Virginia off his calendar. Between that and the Doug Wilder non-endorsement it sure doesn’t sound like Deeds has the backing of the Democratic National Committee.
Of course the campaign ads on TV are starting to show more frequently. The latest Deeds ad has Mark Warner talking about how Deeds will continue the pro-business environment in Virginia and that he “knows to keep taxes low.” I suppose it’s a good thing for Warner that political ads don’t have to be held to truth in advertising standards. Deeds is the candidate for this race who has explicitly stated he’s OK with signing off on higher taxes. How does that translate into Deeds knowing to keep taxes low?
It doesn’t, that’s how. Deeds has nothing but raising taxes as his plan for Virginia. Bob McDonnell has concrete, workable plans to address the issues facing us. He’s the right choice for Governor.