( - promoted by teacherken)
Capping off a day in Hampton Roads, Senator Deeds held one of his community fish fries last evening at the Restoration Ministries hall in southeast Newport News. After the gathered feasted on fish and fixings, Deeds talked about his plan for Virginia and bringing the community jobs.
Flanked by Senator Ralph Northam (D-6th), he continued his effort to reach out to the folks in every corner of Virginia in this series of some seventeen events. Eschewing the traditional and more formal Shad Planking in Wakefield today, Deeds has opted for the lower key approach to campaigning that goes directly to the potential voter. This particular group honed in with laser sharp accuracy on the message about job creation. They live in one of the less affluent areas of urban Virginia and their questions demonstrated their concern for education and training opportunities for their children and the quality of life for the elderly.
This is the community where during the Webb campaign I stumbled into the reality of how ineffectively our society deals with issues of crime, incarceration, rehabilitation, and reintegration. It is where in one day I met more felons than I had encountered in a lifetime, each of whom had a story; almost all of whom showed the sincere desire to just be a part of the program. And this is where I realized there is no program. But I digress.