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Terry McAuliffe

Would McAuliffe Have Been a Stronger Candidate? Maybe, Maybe Not

by: Elaine in Roanoke

Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:51:10 AM EDT

The New York Times today has a story that discusses whether Democrats in Virginia are now having "buyers remorse" because Creigh Deeds handily won the June primary for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, not Terry McAuliffe.

While I firmly believe that such musings - if applicable - should happen in the post-election period, since the Times has devoted much space to the question and since it is being picked up on the Internet (i.e., Not Larry Sabato), here are my thoughts - all the while hoping that Creigh Deeds will turn this thing around in the next three weeks.

When Sen. Deeds defeated Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic Party chairman and confidante of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, to be the Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia, the argument among many Democrats was that Deeds, a centrist Democrat from rural Virginia, would be the strongest of the three primary candidates in a general election.

Now, some - like Adam Nagourney of the Times - are questioning that assumption. His questioning itself, however, needs a hard look.

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For Moran & McAuliffe, this is just the beginning.

by: Chris Guy

Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 00:44:40 AM EDT

( - promoted by kindler)

Obviously things are looking pretty good for Creigh Deeds right now as the Democratic nominee for Governor, but what about those other guys? Is this the end of the world for Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe? Both were once frontrunners. Both had more money and staff than Sen. Deeds. And they blew it! It's over for them! Right? Well, as Lee Corso would say: "Not so fast my friend."

For one thing, Democratic unity means not only good things for Deeds in November, but good things for Brian & Terry in 2010 and beyond. Sen. Deeds earned the admiration of many Moran & McAuliffe voters, and the feeling is mutual. You don't have to hope that these two guys will work their butts off for Creigh, JodyWagner, & Steve Shannon this year, you know they will.

Cross-Posted at Fred2Blue

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Creigh Deeds - next Governor of Virginia

by: alankrishnan

Wed Jun 10, 2009 at 08:58:15 AM EDT

Cross Posted:

The most gentle and lovable politician Creigh Deeds decisively won the Democratic nomination for next Governor of Virginia. He will face a second battle with Bob McDonnell in November, with a difference that this time around he will strike a resounding victory, unlike the last time when he suffered a close defeat.

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VA-Gov - SUSA confirms PPP - Deeds by double digits

by: teacherken

Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 12:21:17 PM EDT

NOTE - promoted on basis of being breaking news story.  This is final poll we expect on the campaign.

Survey USA has just released this statewide poll whose topline numbers are as follows:

Deeds 42
McAuliffe 30
Moran 21

the 12 point margin is roughly equivalent to the 14 points in the PPP released yesterday.

Deeds also does best against McDonnell, losing by 4, while with McAuliffe it is 7 and Moran it is 11.

And a few snips explaining the turnaround:

In the Washington DC suburbs, Deeds tripled his support, from 12% in April to today 40%. SurveyUSA's detailed analysis of Primary voting in 4 NE VA counties, released just 7 days ago, today looks like ancient history.

Among those who do not own a gun, Deeds tripled his support, from 13% to today 42%.

Among women, Deeds tripled his support, from 13% to today 40%.

Among those who attend religious services regularly, Deeds doubled his support, from 20% to today 44%.

More below

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by: teacherken

Sun Jun 07, 2009 at 22:46:34 PM EDT

Just posted here

40-26-24 with Moran in 3rd

Deeds leading everywhere except Hampton Roads, up by 2 in NoVa.

NOTE -  Poll has Wagner up 41-12 over Signer for LG  

Some Cross-tabs Below the fold

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Head of Students for Moran (VaTech) switches to Deeds

by: teacherken

Sun Jun 07, 2009 at 16:31:24 PM EDT

Aimee Fausser, whom I believe just graduated from Virginia Tech, has switched to Creigh Deeds.  She has this post up at New Dominion Project from which I quote:

Creigh Deeds is not afraid to fight for what he believes in. One of the positions I most admire was Creigh's attempt to broker a compromise to close the gun show loophole. Creigh's positions are pragmatic and he has shown real leadership, proving to be more concerned with creating actual progress in Virginia than taking an easy position. The other day, I saw this clip of Brian Moran calling Creigh a radical on gun issues. This is ridiculous to me, and really made me upset with Brian. I feel that the negativity that is coming from Brian and Terry's campaigns stands in contrast to the campaign Creigh has run, and of the three races, I think Creigh's exemplifies best what Virginia needs moving forward.

Read Aimee's entire post.  

See update below the fold.

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10,000 Signs

by: legacyofmarshall

Sun Jun 07, 2009 at 13:36:01 PM EDT

Cross-posted at Daily Kos

Not one week ago, yard signs advertising candidates for this Tuesday's Democratic Primary for Governor were few and far between, even in highly-political Northern Virginia, and the name "Creigh Deeds" was nowhere to be found.

That all changed on Wednesday, 3 June, when a whopping 10,000 Deeds yard signs arrived at the Deeds campaign office in Fairfax.  By Thursday, fewer than half were put together and only a few hundred were placed.  However, volunteers soon got to work making a Deeds presence throughout the region.

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Questioning Others' Hearts Based on Whether, or Not, They Support Brian

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Wed Jun 03, 2009 at 09:34:05 AM EDT

[Disclaimer: I support Terry McAuliffe for Governor.]

My good friend thinks that, if you care about equality, therefore, you must support Brian Moran.  I care deeply about equality, but I don't agree that a Moran vote is required.  Indeed it is in part because of Moran's waffling on the subject that I do not support him.  

I say that as a person who thinks this issue is at the top of the list of important issues.  As I have said many times, you can tell a lot about how a person thinks and acts regarding those whom society has tired to marginalize.  There is just no substitute for full marriage -and other equal rights for all, no exceptions.  And the bashing of human beings for who they are must stop.  Period.   But it won't.  And so we are left to try to get those who would try to control others' private lives to back off.

But this presumption by my friend explains something to me.  It makes we realize that perhaps this is one of the reasons why some of my pro-Moran friends are so angry at those disagreeing with them.  Could it be they do not fully get the inconsistency in Moran's history on the subject?  Have they just not looked, or do they explain it away because they like Brian?  Do they believe his promise to repeal Marshall-Newman will lead to where we want to be?  I don't know the answer to any of these.  There may be other explanations.  Many of them believe, I think erroneously, that Brain Moran's history is consistent, strong, and unequivocal.  Indeed his campaign and its many bloggers keep telling us so.  It's enough to make almost anyone believe it...almost.

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Terry McAuliffe: An Extraordinary Candidate for an Extraordinary Time

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Sun May 31, 2009 at 20:51:52 PM EDT

(Kathy is one of the editors of Blue Commonwealth.  We support different candidates for Governor, with me supporting Creigh Deeds.  In the interest of full disclosure, I am promoting this piece so that any interested will be able to read Kathy's reasoning for her support. - promoted by teacherken)

I am as unlikely a McAuliffe supporter as there is.  But taking a fresh look does wonders.  And here I am supporting an amazingly qualified candidate, who has been building toward this moment his whole life.  Every single thing he has worked on or accomplished  assures with greater certainty that Terry McAuliffe will be an extraordinary governor during extraordinary times.  That's precisely what we need from a governor at this moment in history.  Nothing less will do.

Served as Experienced Leader and Manager
The person we choose must both lead Virginians to a better day-AND be the top administrative officer, a CEO for Virginia government, two distinctly different processes.  And in both, Terry McAuliffe shines most brightly. I do not concur with empty sloganeering which posits than merely serving as a CEO qualifies one for the highest (or second highest) office in the Commonwealth.  But with Terry's experience in both leading and managing the largest political organization in this country, indeed, the largest organization in this country, serving millions and millions of Democrats, with all their hopes for American leadership, McAuliffe has more competence, and more than enough administrative ability to satisfy even his harshest critics. One would think, at least. They just won't admit it to you or me.

Proven Himself in Experience to the Nth and an Incredible Resume
Though all three candidates are experienced, Terry McAuliffe's is more extensive, more diverse, and more suited to serving as the state's CEO.  Two recent Governors (Howard Dean and Tim Kaine) went from the Governor's mansion to the DNC. It is as if the governorship is a stepping stone to something more national.  So, why, when Terry McAuliffe has already served as CEO of the DNC is he somehow not qualified to serve as governor?  It's a mystery! Or more to the point, it's flipping McAuliffe's experience and capabilities on their head, making night day and day night.  He is more than qualified.  Period.

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BC Reader Poll: Governor

by: johnny longtorso

Sat May 30, 2009 at 12:18:59 PM EDT

Well, my Lt. Governor poll was a rousing success, with Mike Signer winning in an 11-3 landslide over Jody Wagner. Poor Bill Bolling tied for third with undecided, each getting... zero. So, how about we do the same for Governor, hmm?

Obligatory bias disclaimer: I support Deeds/Wagner/Shannon.

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The Governor's race heats up - from Anita Kumar

by: teacherken

Fri May 29, 2009 at 17:45:38 PM EDT

from her blog at the Washington Post.

Deeds is upset at Terry's new ad on the 2002 vote on payday lending and saying that only Terry is for ending payday lending.  Deeds spokesman Brooke Borkenhagen notes that the 2002 bill was intended to regulate payday lending and was supported by Mark Warner, which is why Dems in the general assembly at the time supported it.  

She notes that just this year, when Deeds was the only candidate to be serving the General Assembly, he worked to get passed a crackdown on the lenders. "You've got to look at what they've done, not just what they say."

All three campaigns have now called for an end to payday lending.  

Also of interest is that Moran campaign has decided to go over Terry as a banker.  Note the following two paragraphs:

Meanwhile, Moran campaign manager Andrew Roos today wrote federal regulators, asking that they release documents from their examination of the Federal City National Bank, which McAuliffe became chairman of at age 30 in 1988.

In 1991, federal regulators found the bank had engaged in "unsafe, unsound banking practices." Federal City was merged with another bank, a move McAuliffe has said stabilized the institution and cites as an example of his ability to turn around struggling businesses.

Wonder if any of this will come up at either NoVa Jeff Jack (Prince William on Saturday, Fairfax on Sunday) this weekend?

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Top McAuliffe Strategist Responds to Ralph Nader "Story"

by: Lowell

Fri May 29, 2009 at 16:43:45 PM EDT

(Although I am a McAuliffe supporter, given the important newsworthiness of Lowell's interview rebutting the latest (false) charges against Terry McAuliffe, I believe it is essential to front page this article.  To do otherwise would constitute an injustice.   - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

Cross posted from Blue Virginia

I asked McAuliffe campaign senior strategist Mo Elleithee for his thoughts on the Ralph Nader "story." Here's what he had to say:

Back in 2003-04, Republican donors were aggressively funding Nader's candidacy.  The Democratic presidential candidates, and most party leaders were concerned that he would once again siphon enough votes away from the Democratic nominee in the general election to hand it to George W Bush.  

So Terry, as DNC chair, engaged in a conversation with Nader to try to convince him not to run, or at the very least to not compete in the targeted battleground states.  He made the case that if Nader truly cared about these issues, he was putting it all at risk by again potentially handing the election to Bush.  He never offered him any money.  He DID offer to make Ralph a part of the DNC surrogate operation, send him around the country to talk about his issues - which would have been a DNC funded operation, just as it was with a number of high profile surrogates to help with GOTV efforts.  

I think most Democrats would agree that our country would be better off had Nader not run in 2000 or 2004.  Nader has a history of frivolous attacks and accusations - he even filed lawsuits after the 2004 election against the DNC, the Kerry campaign and Terry personally.  All three were thrown out.

I don't think most Virginians are interested in looking backwards, and I don't think they have much interest in Ralph Nader's attempts to grab headlines - they care about who's going to get our economy back on track.  So that's what Terry's going to stay focused on.

And it might also be worth nothing that in the challenge filed by Democrats to Nader's nomination papers in Pennsylvania, which was successful, the Pennsylvania trial court found that Nader's "signature gathering process was the most deceitful and fraudulent exercise ever perpetrated upon this Court. The conduct of the [Nader campaign]. . . shocks the conscience of the Court." In re Nomination Paper of Ralph Nader, 865 A.2d 8, 18 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2004), affirmed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, In re Nader, 905 A.2d 450 (2007).

This is the Ralph Nader that Terry was fighting in 2004, and why I don't find his current allegations very credible.

All I have to add is "thank you" to Terry McAuliffe for trying to stop four more disastrous years of Bush, Cheney, etc. I just wish John Kerry had won the election in 2004, and that Al Gore had become president in 2000 (I won't say "I wish he had won the election" because he DID win the popular vote and should have won the electoral vote if not for the Supreme Court's shenanigans).

P.S. I put "story" in quotes because this is a perfect example of the idiot corporate media having no clue what constitutes "news" or how to do critical analysis. Apparently, they'll just print anything by anybody and call it "news." And they criticize the blogs for being irresponsible?!?

UPDATE: A friend/Blue Virginia reader reminds me that the Democratic Party of Virginia challenged Ralph Nader's signatures in 2004. The person, who is heavily involved in Virginia Democratic politics, adds:

The challenge held and [Nader] did not win a spot on the Virginia ballot. the challenge was not to suppress votes/voters...He submitted fraudulent petitions with invalid signatures and did not meet the letter of the law for ballot access.  They are trying to change the subject and make this all about poor Ralph.
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Chesapeake City Committee Straw Poll Results

by: Dan Sullivan

Thu May 28, 2009 at 21:27:09 PM EDT

The Chesapeake City Democratic Committee held a straw poll at the regular meeting tonight. 31 members present:



Lt Governor:


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Creigh Deeds Buoyed By WaPo Endorsement

by: Dan Sullivan

Mon May 25, 2009 at 17:42:09 PM EDT

(Terrific coverage of Creigh by a supporter of another candidate - promoted by kindler)

Senator Deeds addressed a regular breakfast gathering of the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee Saturday and he showed a bounce in his step and high level of energy as he discussed his campaign. The Memorial Day weekend did not dampen the attendance and Deeds drew in supporters from across the region.

The endorsement by the Washington Post led off Senator Deeds' comments and he explained that it had been a surprise, particularly when he was up against two hometown guys. He called the editor up, he told the group, to tell him that he'd shocked him. Asking the editor what it was that captured the support, the answer was that there were two things: first, throughout his time in office, he'd done things that weren't necessarily in his own political interest, he'd done things because they were right; second, he knows exactly what he wants to do and the order to do it in; he has a plan.

Deeds recalled the 1977 victory of Henry Howell in the Democratic primary over a highly favored opponent and commented: "Primaries are unpredictable events. There's all kinds of polling all over the place. The only constant trend in the polling is that one candidate is climbing. One candidate is climbing; that's me."
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Terry McAuliffe Holds Conference Call on Liberty University's Position

by: Sora Dina

Fri May 22, 2009 at 17:45:05 PM EDT

   According to a twitter message by Terry McAuliffe on May 22, 2009, he held a telephone conference call at around 10:00 am with Liberty University students who had their College Democrat chapter suspended via email from the Liberty University Vice President for Student Affairs Mark Hines.

  During the conference call Mr. McAuliffe listened to the concerns of both Liberty University's Democratic party club president Brian Diaz and the club's staff adviser, Maria Childress. Both of the club's representatives answered questions from reporters throughout the state during the call. (Please see the article for more information.)

  Maria Childress pointed out that although many of the club's members support Terry McAuliffe as a gubernatorial candidate individually, they cannot as a club endorse Terry McAuliffe for governor because the Democratic gubernatorial candidate has not been determined by the Democratic voters or party.  

  During the conference call Terry McAuliffe responded by saying he favors free speech and believes in including more people in the civic process through political discussions in which differing points of view can be heard and spoken. Mr. McAuliffe strongly encourages more young people to become involved in the political process and welcomes student involvement in the democratic and political process through active membership in college political organizations such as College Democrats and College Republicans.

  Mr. McAuliffe spoke of his role as Democratic National Committee Chairman in encouraging more young people to become involved in the Democratic Party and mentioned an event at Catholic University, his alma mater, where openess to various political viewpoints were welcome. It is well known that Catholic University has strong ties to the Roman Catholic Church.

  Terry McAuliffe facilitated the conference call in an effort to fight for the rights of students who want to become more politically involved through membership in the College Democrats at Liberty University and to have the opportunity to freely express political opinions and viewpoints granted to all Americans through the right of free speech.

I'm a volunteer and supporter for the Terry McAuliffe for governor campaign.

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Mathews County Democratic Committee Vice Chair Endorses Terry McAuliffe

by: Lowell

Thu May 21, 2009 at 19:06:18 PM EDT

I just received this email from Mathews County Democrat Committee Vice Chair (and School Board member) Jen Little, who serves on the State Central Committee, and works hard to elect Democrats each year.
Dear friends,

With the primary just weeks away, like you, I have thought long and hard about who I think will the best Governor of Virginia.

I am writing you today to communicate my endorsement of Terry McAuliffe and why I think he should be the next Governor of Virginia.

Democrats have come along way in the past several years - due in part to the leadership of all three of our Democratic Candidates.

Due to our progress, there is just too much at stake this year, and the possibility of Bob McDonnell becoming governor of Virginia will undo all the progress done by Governors Warner and Kaine.  We cannot let that happen!   We must keep Virginia moving forward.  

Last year Americans elected Barack Obama president because we were tired of Washington as usual, and this year I believe we need the same in Richmond.   For years promises have been made to voters of Virginia, but the Republican General Assembly has thwarted all attempts by our Democratic Governors to put legislation in place that would benefit Virginias.  Sometimes fighting just isn't enough, we need and deserve results.

With Terry McAuliffe as Governor we will have results.

We will see programs we care deeply about, education, healthcare and the environment brought to the forefront, and serious discussions will be had about funding these priorities.  We will see jobs created, and a plan for the future that goes beyond a single term of=2 0the Governor.  Tod ay I am talking about our future.

The decision to publicly endorse Terry was not an easy one, but the personal decision to cast my vote for Terry on June 9 was very easy.

Virginia needs more than Richmond as usual.  We need big ideas.  We need more than Richmond as usual.  We need results.

So today, I join a long list of elected and other Democratic Leaders in Virginia, National Democratic leaders such as James Carville and Paul Begala, and even President Bill Clinton in providing my personal endorsement of Terry McAuliffe for Governor of Virginia.  I hope you will see what I and the leaders of our party see in Terry McAuliffe, and will cast your v ote for Terry on Tuesday, June 9.

If you would like to learn more about Terry McAuliffe, please visit his website at: .

Sincerely yours,
Jen Little
Mathews County

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Of polls and straw polls - a brief reflection on the state of Virginia's politics

by: teacherken

Thu May 21, 2009 at 07:12:55 AM EDT

Yesterday we got the results of two straw polls and one public poll from SUSA.  Those paying attention also know there is a PPP poll in the field whose results are likely to be out in next few days.

Each of the 3 gubernatorial campaigns and/or their supporters are trumpeting the results that make them look good while ignoring those that could be warning signs.  So perhaps there should be some reality checking going on.

I come to this not as a statistician, although I have a fair amount of statistical training from my doctoral work in education.  Also, since I teach government, I spend the better part of a week teaching my Advanced Placement students about the different types of polls, including how to look at cross-tabs where available.

And I add to that the words I heard last night at Brigades, where someone urging people to a Jeff-Jack dinner reminded the people present there would be a straw poll, so get your supporters out to do well.

And I note again I am supporting Creigh Deeds and Mike Signer in the contested races.

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Terry McAuliffe Holds Double Digit Lead in SUSA Poll

by: kyleblankenship

Wed May 20, 2009 at 20:00:12 PM EDT

Today's SUSA poll is as follows:

Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 4.5%

If the Democratic Primary for Virginia Governor were today, who would you vote for? (candidate names rotated) Creigh Deeds? Terry McAuliffe? Or Brian Moran?

26% Deeds
37% McAuliffe
22% Moran
14% Other / Undecided

Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 2.4%

Regardless of what you told us about the June 9th primary, thinking ahead now to the GENERAL election in November... If the only two names on the ballot for Governor of Virginia were Republican Bob McDonnell and ... Democrat Creigh Deeds, who would you vote for?

46% McDonnell (R)
40% Deeds (D)
15% Undecided

Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 2.4%

What if the only two names on the November ballot were ... Bob McDonnell and Democrat Terry McAuliffe?

46% McDonnell (R)
40% McAuliffe (D)
13% Undecided

Margin of Sampling Error for this question = ± 2.4%

What if it was Bob McDonnell against Democrat Brian Moran?

47% McDonnell (R)
37% Moran (D)
16% Undecided

For complete analysis, please see:

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To Brian Moran: It's time to refocus and cut the crap

by: Joel McDonald

Tue May 19, 2009 at 23:28:14 PM EDT

Terry McAuliffe campaigning for Barack ObamaBrian Moran launched a radio ad on prodominately African American radio stations which makes the argument that Terry McAuliffe should not be the Democratic nominee for the next Governor of Virginia because he worked against President Barack Obama's election during the 2008 Democratic Primary, while serving as Chair of Hillary Clinton's campaign for the nomination.

I'm disturbed by this ad on many levels. While I know why the campaign would target African Americans, just as this did with an ad featuring the testimonial from former Delegate Mary Christian of Hampton, and that running this ad directly counters McAuliffe's ad taking credit for the election of Obama, this sort of identity politics, or "race baiting" as Ben Tribbett would say, bothers me. This is the sort of politics that Howard Dean, on the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration, said was over.

The Moran campaign is playing catch-up with African American voters who are currently favoring McAuliffe in the polls. From the onset of his campaign, McAuliffe has targeted this demographic; perhaps hoping that the energy of 2008 will carry over to 2009. Every candidate in this race, including the Republican nominee, is trying to bank on Obama's popularity, directly or indirectly.

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Taylor Marsh says "Just don't vote for Brian Moran"

by: Dan Sullivan

Tue May 19, 2009 at 11:42:48 AM EDT

As an Obama supporter from the get-go, I still understand the angst generated in the Hillary supporter community concerning the tone Moran's campaign has taken. Progressive blogger Taylor Marsh expresses hers in an excellent Huffington Post rail today. Lowell has a synopsis at Blue Virginia.
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