Virginia Senate Candidate TJ Aldous, Republican 25th District, Issued a Statement Regarding Recent Comments Made By His Challenger, Democrat Creigh Deeds

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After Creigh Deeds misspoke at the Laborfest Labor Day rally in Buena Vista, TJ Aldous commented, "In the past six years Mr. Deeds has run for the Virginia Senate, Attorney General, and Governor. The voters in the district are wondering if Mr. Deeds wants to serve as the Senator of the 25th District or if he still has his eye on some other office."

Virginia Senate candidate TJ Aldous, Republican 25th District, issued a statement today regarding recent comments made by his challenger, Democrat Creigh Deeds. At a speech made at the Laborfest Labor Day rally held in Buena Vista, Virginia, on September 5, 2011, Deeds remarked that he was running for “Governor”. Deeds was the Democrat nominee for Governor in 2009. Aldous commented, “I assume Mr. Deeds misspoke when he said he was running for governor. However, in the past six years Mr. Deeds has run for the Virginia Senate, Attorney General, and Governor. The voters in the district are wondering if Mr. Deeds wants to serve as the Senator of the 25th District or if he still has his eye on some other office. My plans are simple: I am running to serve the citizens of the 25th Senatorial District. My heart is set on serving part-time in Richmond - not on being a full-time career politician.”

Deeds also said in his speech that he was running so he could help the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. In response, Aldous stated, “As the next State Senator from the 25th District I will be an advocate for the people of our district. We need jobs here! We need someone in Richmond who will make sure we are not forgotten or overlooked.” In a July 2011 interview with Charlottesville talk show host Rob Schilling, Deeds responded to a question about his top priority by saying that his first priority when returning to Richmond would be to finish work on changing how the Commonwealth handles redistricting. “Mr. Deeds’ comments concerning his top priority shows how out of touch he is with the need for quality jobs in the district”, Aldous added. “We have businesses that are struggling to stay in business, people who struggle to find jobs close to home, and families who are concerned about their financial futures. I cannot think of anything Mr. Deeds has done to help bring jobs and economic stability to this district. The representatives from south side Virginia advocate hard for their districts, and they get help for their districts. Over the last several years Mr. Deeds has been more concerned about winning the votes of the people in northern Virginia, and his remarks at Laborfest continue to reflect that line of thinking. This is best illustrated by Mr. Deeds’ support of cap and trade, which if passed would have resulted in the loss of a significant number of jobs at Mead Westvaco, one of our largest employers. Mr. Deeds has not been an effective advocate for our district. I will advocate in Richmond for policies and actions that will bring jobs to this district and keep jobs in this district.”

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