Deeds is a strong candidate to face McDonnell and the only candidate seeking the Democratic nomination who previously has run for statewide office.
Deeds acknowledged that McAuliffe has garnered a lot of attention and that Deeds is much less flashy. Still, Deeds believes many primary voters will turn to him. “Everyone wants to go out with the new guy in town, but you marry the guy from next door,” he said.
Deeds chuckled over having once been told that his worst trait is being too self-effacing and earnest. “Being nice is not a negative and I can be tough when I need to. Over many years, I have proven I can get things done,” he told our editorial board… “I’ve always been underestimated, but precisely who I am is why I am best suited to be the next governor.”
He sold us.
Bristol might be 200 miles away from Deeds’ home of Bath County, but it’s 400 miles from upstate Virginia. These things matter.