The media has already decided the governor's election in Virginia. It's over. Done. Why even bother to vote?
Well, as members of Americans for Democratic Action, you and I know why. Living in Virginia has its ups and downs, but 2008 was a year of ups. Not only did Sen. Warner soundly defeat former Governor Gilmore to claim the Senate seat of retiring Senator John Warner, but we were able to replace two very conservative Republican incumbents, and most importantly, Virginia voted for the Democratic candidate for President, Barack Obama, for the first time since LBJ's 1964 landslide. It seemed to be as good as it could get.
Or, from the perspective of Bob McDonnell, things were as bad as they could be. Make no mistake, beginning with his college thesis and continuing during his time in the state legislature, Bob McDonnell has consistently supported the most regressive and conservative policies he could find. He doesn't just oppose liberal policies - he actively campaigns against them.
Take the infamous college thesis which is included here for you. He criticizes the U.S. Supreme Court for stopping state interference with your right to use birth control (page 7). He says that governmental authority is delegated from God (page 14). He says many other outrageous things, but we share it with you so that you may read it for yourself. It provides a clear view of the developing political persona of the man who hopes to be Virginia's governor.
Making a case for Creigh Deeds is simple; The Washington Post says that he "has the good sense and political courage to maintain the forward-looking policies of the past while addressing the looming challenge of fixing the state's dangerously inadequate roads.", and the Hampton Pilot says, "Deeds has a commendable record of moderate progressivism that the state needs to break loose from the turmoil of the recession" while Equality Virginia's endorsement simply says, "While no candidate is perfect, including Senator Deeds, Virginians must support the one candidate who truly understands that discrimination hurts our economy and our families".
ADA will continue the fight regardless of the result of the Virginia governor's election. But we know that we will be better off if (1) voters like you get real information. (2) You are active voices and votes for progressive issues. And (3). If you will join with your neighbors in Virginia and with other liberal activists around the nation by contributing $5 or $10 to help us build legislative, political, and issue campaigns for 2009 and 2010.
Because we don't think that things are as good as they can get. We think they can be better. That's why we do the work that we do everyday; organizing, lobbying, and connecting on issues. We hope you can help us.
One more thing; there is an election on Tuesday, November 3rd. And it isn't over yet.
Michael J. Wilson
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