To Creigh Deeds that is…
After days of speculation, fueled by none other than former Governor and former Richmond Mayor Doug Wilder himself, Wilder announced today that he would not, we repeat, would not, endorse fellow Democrat Creigh Deeds for the office of Governor.
This came after some heavy duty pressure from Deeds, from Governor/DNC Chair Tim Kaine and from the President himself. In the end, however, Wilder said he just couldn’t do it.
The requests, made of me, have been to endorse Mr. Deeds, the Democratic Candidate, for Governor. I refrain from doing so and will leave that choice to the voters.
L. Douglas Wilder: Statement on the 2009 Governor’s Race
Sure, the Deeds camp and the Democrats will try to spin this as insigificant. But if it’s so unimportant, why all the high pressure lobbying to get Wilder’s endorsement? Hmmmm…???
As The right-wing liberal says: Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded
In explaining his reasons for his first neutral stance in 12 years (Wilder has never endorsed a Republican for statewide office), he pointedly blew a gaping hole in the elite conventional wisdom about the need for “new revenue.”
And some Democrats are already throwing in the towel.
Former DPVA Chair Paul Goldman says: Having helped convince Doug Wilder to back Mark Warner and then, after what seemed an eternity of talk, Tim Kaine, I find the reasoning of his statement to be of particular trouble for Creigh Deeds, far more than the non-endorsement. Not since Harry Byrd employed his legendary Golden Silence has a public non-endorsement potentially been so important. [H/T Bearing Drift]
SWAC Girl: No endorsement for Deeds from Wilder
Bearing Drift: Wilder slams Deeds