Deeds Campaign Shake-up

The (real) Larry Sabato has a series of tweets noting a shake-up in the Deeds campaign:

The Deeds GOV campaign in VA, trailing badly in the polls, is being shaken up internally. Public announcements won’t reveal the full story.


Healthy campaigns don’t have shake ups less than 3 months before election day.


Top Dems (Warner, Kaine, Obama) will have to organize major rescue effort soon for Deeds. POTUS can’t afford to lose both NJ & VA badly.

Plus this:

There is now almost no chance ex-Gov. Doug Wilder will endorse Deeds. He won’t endorse McDonnell either, but a D usually backs a D.

All worth watching…

The Longer Explanation

Via the Political Wire:

Thirty-something wunderkind Joe Abbey, Deeds’ manager for his upset June primary victory, has been shunted aside. (That victory was engineered by the Washington Post’s editorials, not Abbey or even Deeds.) Party activists have blamed Abbey, fairly or not, for Deeds’ listless campaign. Abbey will apparently retain a title and a role in the campaign, but the decisions will be made by Monica Dixon (a close associate of Sen. Mark Warner), longtime Democratic party staffer Kevin Mack, and Mo Elleithee. The latter will handle all communications and press, and he is a veteran of high-level positions with the successful gubernatorial bids of Mark Warner and Tim Kaine as well as Hillary Clinton’s presidential effort.