| Until very recently, I have been a big supporter of Brian Moran, starting a student group for him at Virginia Tech and writing an endorsement of him on this blog. Over the past couple of weeks, though, I have changed my mind as to who I will be voting for on Tuesday.
It was a little hard for me to not support Creigh all along. He has proven to me that he would be a governor that actually cares about his constituents. Last spring, Creigh came down to Blacksburg to talk to my honors seminar of about 15 people about university governance and the state's interaction with state schools such as Tech. The fact that he would make a special trip to talk with such a small group speaks volumes about the attention he would give to Virginians as Governor. Even when I was a Moran supporter, Creigh would be the most enthusiastic of any of the candidates I talked to at any given event, and would always ask how school was going. Additionally, Creigh uses new media, and does a good job of it. He is on twitter--and tweets himself.
Creigh Deeds is not afraid to fight for what he believes in. One of the positions I most admire was Creigh's attempt to broker a compromise to close the gun show loophole. Creigh's positions are pragmatic and he has shown real leadership, proving to be more concerned with creating actual progress in Virginia than taking an easy position. The other day, I saw this clip of Brian Moran calling Creigh a radical on gun issues. This is ridiculous to me, and really made me upset with Brian. I feel that the negativity that is coming from Brian and Terry's campaigns stands in contrast to the campaign Creigh has run, and of the three races, I think Creigh's exemplifies best what Virginia needs moving forward.