I can understand where the Moran camp would be upset that he didn't even receive an interview and I think they were right to at least raise questions about the endorsement process that the organizations used. As I mentioned in an earlier post, however, these organizations have received a lot of respect from both sides of the aisle and do go through an in depth process before they make their endorsements. Since the organizations wouldn't want to damage their reputation or the credibility of their endorsements, one would imagine there had to be a reason why Brian did not even receive a brief interview with the organization before the endorsements were announced. According to Craig's article, the reasoning behind this move was that there was no question in their minds that Creigh was the better candidate.
They also told Moran there was never any doubt that they would be endorsing Deeds, who was the Democratic nominee for attorney general in 2005.Now I’m a fan of both Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds. I would be happy to have either one as my Governor and am officially neutral in the race at this point in time. In my opinion, however, this series of interactions seems to make Moran's campaign look even worse than if it had simply not received the endorsements. Not only did the campaign attack an organization that has helped plenty of Democrats get elected, but it also brought to light the fact that these organizations didn't even think highly enough of Moran's candidacy to give him a courtesy interview. If these exchanges hadn't taken place most voters in the Democratic primary would have probably assumed that they struggled over which candidate to support. Now we learn that some of the leading members of the law enforcement community believe “Senator Deeds is far and away the most qualified and electable candidate” and that they came to this conclusion rather easily.
"As we discussed with your staff, we did not feel a formal interview and endorsement would be fair to you because from the outset it was clear that Senator Deeds is far and away the most qualified and electable candidate in our view," they wrote.
The question now becomes; how should have Brian Moran handled the situation. He could have very easily requested to sit down with the law enforcement community to see where they felt he could improve. During this process, the aspects of his record that they view favorably would have likely been addressed as well. When you consider that all 1200 members of the local organizations probably weren’t going to vote for Creigh just because their union endorsed him, Brian could have used this discussion to remind voters of his positive aspects and potentially even earn the support of a fairly large portion of the union’s membership. By attacking the organizations’ credibility, however, he makes this process more difficult than it could have been.