Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Rep. Jim Moran Told Creigh Deeds He Should Be Using A Postive Message

Almost everybody that I've spoken with who knows Creigh Deeds agrees that he's an extremely nice guy who brings a lot to the table. The fact that he's not afraid to be himself and admit that he's a "work in progress" on things such as gay rights is one of the reasons that he was able to pull off a come from behind victory in the Democratic primary. Anyone who was in Blacksburg for the netroots debate, for instance, might remember that Creigh simply would step back and let Moran and McAullife go after each other before he'd step up to the microphone and put forward a plan that made a lot of sense and avoided the negativity that was consuming the debate.

What a lot of progressive activists are concerned about is the fact that for some reason we haven't seen enough of that candidate recently. Instead we are hearing a lot about McDonnell's thesis. Now don't get me wrong, I agree that the campaign should give some attention to the fact that McDonnell argued that working women are "detrimental" to society but the average voter also wants to know why he should be voting FOR Creigh on November 3. I know several people have brought this up recently with the campaign and, according to the Washington Post, it appears as though Rep. Jim Moran has mentioned this directly to Creigh.
"We had a conversation last night," Moran said. "I said: 'All your consultants are going to tell you to go negative, just like they told my brother. And spend all your money on negative because positive ads don't move anything.' ... I said: 'You've got to go with your instinct. You're a genuine guy. People relate to you.' "

"That's how Creigh won the primary and I think that's how he'll win the general, by showing that he's very decent guy," Moran continued. "People know about the thesis -- the people who care about the thesis, they're in Northern Virginia and they read The Post and they know. But there's got to be more. He's got to give people a reason to vote for Creigh."
As we're heading into the final month of the campaign, it's important to note that at this point in the primary there weren't too many pundits who thought Creigh had a chance of winning. The Washington Post endorsement then gave the campaign the positive momentum changer that Creigh needed to win the nomination. With the polls showing that the race is relatively close, Creigh's campaign could use another positive momentum changer to help him win on November 3. I strongly believe that a good ad that carries a positive message people in the field can also carry when talking to voters will help remind voters of why Creigh should be our next governor. Based upon conversations I've had with folks in the campaign, it appears as though they are listening and I'm optimistic that we will be hearing a more positive message in the near future.

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