The word is that local Democrats are too tired from ’08 to fight for the Governor’s mansion this year. You wouldn’t know it tonight in Fairfax City.
A well-dressed crowd of 150+ came to the Blenheim House to enjoy live music from “The Nitehawks” swing band and meet State Senator Creigh Deeds, Democratic candidate for Governor, who was campaigning through central Fairfax. You can see photos on my Facebook page at www.fairfaxsenator.com
On hand were Delegate David Bulova (D-Fairfax), former Delegate Jim Dillard (R-Fairfax) and yours truly. Also making a special appearance was former Delegate Brian Moran, who is looking tanned and rested after three months away from politics. Thanks to Cho’s Garden and PJ Skidoo’s who donated the food.
The message was simple: there are 35 days left to go. The gains that Democrats and Virginians have made over the past eight years are at stake. It is not time to turn over state government to a rigid ideology at the expense of flexibility and common sense.
After a desultory summer, the Deeds campaign has closed in the polls to within 3-5 points. A lot of that closure is likely due to the negative publicity for McDonnell from the “thesis.”
But that is not enough. Nor should it be. To make it to the finish line, the Deeds campaign has to close on a strong and positive message. It must be a message that lays out a vision to Virginians for new transportation options, new economic opportunities and a plan to educate workers for the 21st century.
It’s been a long year for this race. It was back in January that Deeds Manager Joe Abbey was crashing on my couch in Richmond to save money on hotels. Nobody thought we’d get this far.
So I’m glad to be on board for the last couple laps.