Fortunately, it appears as though there are some folks who realize this and recognize that this year's gubernatorial election in Virginia could play a crucial role in how the Commonwealth moves forward. We need leaders who will consider the impact that policies will have on working families and it's important that we have people advocating for these leaders. As Alex Isenstadt just wrote in an article for Politico, organized labor is one of the groups that recognize the importance of this election and is therefore actively campaigning in Virginia.
In Virginia, Creigh Deeds has been flooded with more than $600,000 in campaign contributions from unions since winning the Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nomination in early June.This is crucial because their message must be heard by the general public. When you compare Creigh Deeds to Bob McDonnell, it's clear who should be our next governor. McDonnell supports rejecting assistance for those who are in need and claims that working women are "detrimental" to society. Creigh Deeds, on the other hand, wants to help move Virginia forward and will wants to set policy that will help create more jobs -- such as giving small businesses a tax break for every job that they create. I'm glad to see that there are organizations making an effort to promote discussion about the economic policies of the two candidates as it will go a long ways in helping people see that we simply cannot afford four years of Bob McDonnell as governor.
Last week, the AFL-CIO launched its first major salvo in Virginia, organizing an all-day canvass in support of Deeds in Northern Virginia, Norfolk, Richmond and Roanoke, featuring workers armed with talking points slamming Republican Bob McDonnell for supporting “the rejection of $125 million in federal assistance for Virginia’s unemployed workers.”