Deeds draws support of business leaders
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds just announced a list of business leaders from across Virginia who are supporting his campaign. The list was headlined by prominent businessman and philanthropist Ted Leonsis. Leonsis is the former Vice Chairman of AOL and the majority owner of the NHL Washington Capitals and WNBA Washington Mystics. He is registered to vote in Fairfax County.
The announcement is another demonstration of Deeds’ effort to present himself as a business friendly Democrat in the mold of Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Warner in fact, joined Deeds and Leonsis to announce the support of the long list of business leaders.
At the same time Deeds was presenting himself as a business friendly Democratic leader, his opponent’s campaign was working hard to paint him as a union-loving job killer. The Bob McDonnell campaign and the Republican Party of Virginia released a series of statements pointing out Deeds $100,000 in support from the prominent public employees union SEIU and a $500,000 donation from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union. The McDonnell team pointed out that AFSCME donation was the largest one time donation to the Deeds campaign.
McDonnell and his team have worked hard to build the case that the heavily debated federal “card check” legislation will be a job killer. They are also working to tie Deeds to the proposal. “Big national unions are for Card Check, and they are for Creigh Deeds.” said McDonnell campaign chairman Ed Gillespie.
But Leonsis said that Deeds is working hard to reach out to business leaders and will find ways to expand opportunities in Virginia. “I am impressed by Creigh’s focus on quality education, technology and innovation as the cornerstones of Virginia’s economic future,” he said.
Given the state of the economy, the future of business in Virginia will most certainly be a cornerstone issue of the gubernatorial campaign. This is no more apparent then here in the Richmond area where major, institutional companies (Circuit City, S&K etc.) have closed up shop. The candidate that can best convince voters that they have a plan for the future that can work could hold a distinct advantage.
The full release from the Deeds announcement and the release from the McDonnell campaign criticizing his support from the unions can be found after the jump..
DEEDS ANNOUNCES “BUSINESS LEADERS FOR DEEDS”
~ U.S. Senator Mark Warner helps launch bipartisan group ~
~ To be led by Caps owner, ex-AOL executive Ted Leonsis ~
ARLINGTON — Democratic candidate for governor Creigh Deeds today announced the formation and leadership of “Business Leaders for Deeds,” a broad-based group of bipartisan, statewide business leaders who have agreed to advise and promote Deeds’ candidacy. “Business Leaders for Deeds” will be led by Ted Leonsis of McLean, the majority owner of the Washington Capitals and Washington Mystics. Leonsis also is a former AOL vice chairman, a venture capitalist and philanthropist.
U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner joined Deeds and Leonsis at today’s announcement. Warner is a former telecom executive who’s pragmatic approach during his term as Virginia Governor (2002-06) resulted in Virginia’s designation as the nation’s “best managed state” and “best state for business.”
“I appreciate the support and the expertise these business executives will bring to our effort, because these men and women recognize that their businesses are only as strong as the people who power them,” Senator Deeds said. “Our administration will be working hard every day to create opportunity and jobs for Virginians, and these business leaders will be a key part of our bipartisan efforts to better position the Commonwealth to emerge stronger from our economic challenges.”
“I am impressed by Creigh’s focus on quality education, technology and innovation as the cornerstones of Virginia’s economic future,” Mr. Leonsis said. “’Business Leaders for Deeds’ will bring together leading executives from across the state to advise Creigh during the campaign – and, more importantly, after his election this fall.”
“I have known and worked closely with many of these community and business leaders, and I appreciate their willingness to step-up and support Creigh’s bipartisan focus on producing real results that move Virginia forward,” Senator Warner said. “We cannot leave any region of Virginia behind as we work together to strengthen our economy and position the Commonwealth to compete in this global economy.”
Other members of “Business Leaders for Deeds” so far include:
Douglas M. Adams of Maiden, Retired President of The Country Vintner, Inc.;
Jane Inskeep Barrell of Culpeper; Co-Owner of Culpeper Management, LLC;
Robert M. Blue of Richmond, Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Corporate Communications for Dominion Corporation;
The Honorable Sandra Bowen of Richmond, former Senior Vice President of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, former Virginia Secretary of Administration and Commonwealth;
William M. Camp, Jr. of Franklin, principal of Holliknoll Farm;
James K. Candler of Lynchburg, Chairman of Candler Oil Company, Inc.;
Judith P. Carter of Orange, Principal of Germanna Title Company;
Laurie C. Crigler of Madison, Vice President of L&D Associates, Inc.;
Edward C. Dalrymple of Mineral, Vice President of Chemung Contracting;
Charlotte B. Dammann of McLean, Associate Broker of Faulconer Realtors Inc.;
Joseph R. Daniel of Culpeper, President of Jefferson Homebuilders;
Joshua P. Darden, Jr., of Norfolk, President of Darden Properties Inc.;
Carlos Del Toro of Stafford, President & CEO of SBG Technology Solutions, Inc.;
Susan Y. “Syd” Dorsey of Mechanicsville, Director of Sales & Marketing at Astyra Corporation;
G.S. “Sandy” Fitz-Hugh, Jr., former President of the Bank of America – Virginia;
David Goode of Norfolk, former Chairman, President and CEO of Norfolk Southern Corporation;
Mark Goodwin of Richmond, former Senior Vice President of UPS Freight;
William C. Hall, Jr. of Richmond, Vice President of Corporate Communications & Community Affairs for Dominion Corporation;
Robert D. Hardie of Charlottesville, Managing Director of Level One Partners, LLC;
Cabell S. Harris of Richmond, President of WORK Labs;
Jimmy Hazel of Oakton, principal of Angler Environmental;
John T. “Til” Hazel, Jr. of Broad Run, founder and former chairman of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council;
William R. Hedrick of Bluefield, President of Fort Chiswell Construction Corporation;
Ted Hontz of Stafford, Vice President of Basic Commerce and Industries, Inc.;
Kenneth Jones of Richmond, Owner and President of Prestige Construction Company;
James L. Keen of Vansant, CEO of Keen H.R. Services, Inc.;
Austin Ligon of Richmond, co-founder and retired CEO of CarMax Inc.;
Mark C. Lowham of McLean, Senior Vice President of WEST*GROUP;
Charles H. Majors of Danville, President & CEO of American National Bank & Trust Company;
John F. Malbon of Virginia Beach, CEO of Papco, Inc.;
Mark R. Merhige of Richmond, President of Shockoe Properties;
Bittle Porterfield, III of Roanoke, President of Rice Management Company;
Richard S. “Major” Reynolds III of Richmond, Managing Director of Reynolds Trust;
Gilbert “Gil” Rosenthal of Richmond, retired owner of Standard Drug Company;
Tom Rosenthal of Richmond, CEO of Med Outcomes, Inc.;
Walter Rugaber of Meadows of Dan, former President and Publisher of The Roanoke Times;
The Honorable Elliot Schewel of Lynchburg, Former President of Schewel Furniture Company and former State Senator;
Ranjit K. Sen of Richmond, President & CEO of CXI;
R. Chris Walters of Abingdon, financial advisor;
Naomi Weathers of Chester, Owner and President of Weathers Engineering Inc.;
Blair K. Williamson of Charlottesville, President of S.L. Williamson Company, Inc.;
Alan S. Witt of Newport News, CEO of Witt Mares, PLC;
Linda Zecher of Charlottesville, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector of Microsoft Corporation.
AFSCME Donates $500,000 to Their “Partner” Creigh Deeds
AFSCME on Card Check: “We are aggressively moving forward in D.C. and key states to fight for passage of this critically important bill.”
Deeds Also Recently Received $100,000, and Endorsement, from SEIU; SEIU Supports Elimination of Virginia’s Right to Work Law
RICHMOND- Creigh Deeds has received a massive $500,000 donation from the powerful national union AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. This donation is the largest single donation to the Deeds campaign to date. The donation comes on the heels of Deeds receiving $100,000 from the SEIU, a national union supporting the elimination of Virginia’s Right to Work law. In response to yet another round of aggressive national union support for the Deeds campaign, McDonnell for Governor Campaign Chairman Ed Gillespie issued the following statement:
“It’s clear that national labor unions are willing to spend every penny of their members’ compulsory union dues to elect a candidate who has vowed to be their ‘partner’ in the governor’s mansion. Big national unions are for Card Check, and they are for Creigh Deeds. In just the past three days Mr. Deeds has enthusiastically accepted the endorsement of the SEIU, a national union that supports overturning Virginia’s Right to Work law. The SEIU also gave Mr. Deeds $100,000. And now he has disclosed that his single largest campaign donation to date is from AFSCME, a national union committed to eliminating a worker’s right to a secret ballot and aggressively increasing the national union presence in the Commonwealth. Creigh Deeds clearly doesn’t like to answer questions about where he stands on these important issues. But actions speak louder than words, and Virginians can find the answers in these startlingly massive injections of cash. The national labor union agenda that comes with their big bucks is bad for jobs in Virginia. Mr. Deeds stands with big national unions. Bob McDonnell stands with Virginia’s workers and employers.”