President Obama’s political arm is looking to mobilize Virginia Democrats on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds, an apparent reaction to reports of the White House cutting its losses on the governor’s race.
The mass e-mail from Organizing for America Director Mitch Stewart is conspicuously timed with a Wall Street Journal article suggesting the White House — unwilling to invest more in a candidate so far behind in the polls — would back away from the Virginia race.
Stewart praised Deeds as a pragmatic consensus-builder, while reminding supporters of Republican candidate Bob McDonnell’s 20-year-old master’s thesis criticizing working women, gays and feminists, a document that has become central to the Deeds campaign's attack strategy.
“This November, Virginians will be faced with a stark choice. Creigh Deeds, who's continuing Mark Warner and Tim Kaine's common-sense tradition of pragmatism and economic growth, or Bob McDonnell's campaign pushing a backward-looking social agenda and the disastrous economic policies of the past,” Stewart wrote.