Falls Church News-Press Endorses Deeds for Governor of Virginia

Oct 22, 2009, 15:03 ET from Falls Church News-Press

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Falls Church News-Press, one of the two most influential newspapers in the Northern Virginia region critical for the outcome of the Nov. 3 Virginia gubernatorial election, formally endorsed State Sen. Creigh Deeds for Governor in an editorial in its edition published today. The newspaper also endorsed Jody Wagner for Lieutenant Governor, Steve Shannon for Attorney General, and in local state delegate races in its distribution area, incumbents Jim Scott and Margi Vanderhye and Kaye Kory.

"The contrast between Deeds and his Republican challenger, Attorney General Bob McDonnell, could not be sharper," the editorial states. "For Deeds, from a humble beginning in rural Virginia, his passion for education is personal, as well as political. He won the debate hosted by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce last month because of his passion for protecting education from the plan by McDonnell to pay for transportation improvements from the general fund. McDonnell's plan has correctly been called 'robbing Peter (education) to pay Paul (transportation)' in his zeal to curb spending."

It added, "Although we did not endorse Deeds in the Democratic primary last spring, we've come to appreciate his truly human and compassionate commitment to education and good government. In troubled economic times, the state needs a man of his character at the State House." The editorial can be viewed in its entirety at www.fcnp.com.

The Falls Church News-Press is the primary locally-owned newspaper in the heavily-populated Eastern Fairfax County-Falls Church area of Northern Virginia that has proved margins of victory for Democrats in four statewide elections since 2001. The other influential newspaper in the region, the Washington Post, also endorsed Deeds, Wagner and Shannon in the Nov. 3 election.

Contact: Nicholas F. Benton, 703-532-3267, nfbenton@fcnp.com

SOURCE Falls Church News-Press