The Washington Post has an interesting blog post out today which describes how the campaigns of Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran reacted to yesterday’s above the fold A1 story examining McAuliffe’s past business dealings.
Amy Gardner, the reporter who wrote the Sunday story blogs that McAuliffe’s campaign distributed their rebuttal to the story at 10:51 p.m. Saturday night, just hours after the story appeared online, shortly after that, the Moran campaign issued a news release at 1:22 a.m on Sunday morning. criticizing McAuliffe for his past business dealings.
Their rival, Creigh Deeds, said nothing about the story. That makes me wonder if Deeds isn’t counting on McAuliffe and Moran beating each other up in the closing weeks of the campaign. Is Deeds planning to turn out rural Virginians to vote for him? Is this escaping media attention?
Will Deeds run to an unexpected victory like “Mine That Bird” the winner of yesterday’s Kentucky Derby? I understand that Mine That Bird had 50-1 odds. I don’t think the odds of a Deeds win are that long, but I wonder if the media in the major news markets are paying close enough attention to the Deeds field operation, particularly in the Shenandoah Valley and Southwestern Virginia.