Local Dems: Deeds gets most but not all
That Charlottesville and Albemarle's long-time state senator could line up 10 locally elected Democrats in front of City Hall to endorse his run for governor is not a big surprise. What's more interesting: who didn't give the nod to State Senator Creigh Deeds.
At a press conference April 10, Deeds claimed all five Democratic City Councilors, five former mayors, and four Albemarle Board of Supervisors, including Vice-Chair Ann Mallek.
Not in attendance was Chairman David Slutzky, who did not return a call from the Hook. Former U.S. Representative L.F. Payne has endorsed former delegate Brian Moran, and the 5th District Democratic chairman, Fred Hudson, has signed on with the Terry McAuliffe camp.
Deeds is in what he calls a "David and Goliath struggle," a three-way race for the Democratic nomination against nationally connected McAuliffe and Northern Virginian Moran. The three face off in the June 9 primary, the first seriously contested Dem primary for governor since 1977, and the winner goes on in November to challenge Republican former attorney general Bob McDonnell, who narrowly defeated Deeds for AG in 2005.