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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

RPV Applauds Biden’s In-Kind Contribution to GOP Ticket

- Pro-Big Labor, Pro-Card Check, Anti-Coal VP Sides with Deeds -

RICHMOND – Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins today extended appreciation to Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States, for his willingness to headline a fundraising event for Democratic candidate for governor, Creigh Deeds. Biden will appear at an event in a private home in Richmond Thursday, a decision that underscores the close connection the Vice President and Deeds have on many issues important to Virginians. Mullins gauged that the vice presidential foray amounted to a campaign contribution to the entire Republican statewide ticket of Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli.

“Joe Biden’s presence in Virginia this week is very illuminating,” said Mullins. “When someone like Creigh Deeds won’t answer questions about where he stands on important issues, the only thing you can do is examine with whom he associates. In this case, his chummy relationship with a national Democratic leader makes all of these things pretty clear. This joint appearance makes all the arguments that our campaigns would have had to spent money on to make to the public. This amounts to an in-kind contribution for us.”


Biden and Deeds: Big Labor’s Dance Partners


Biden: “Then, he [Vice-President Biden] added to huge applause, ‘You all brought me to the dance a long time ago, and it’s time we start dancing.’” (Steven Greenhouse, “Let’s Dance, Biden Tells Labor,” The New York Times, March 5, 2009)


Deeds: Following his endorsement by a union affiliated with the AFL-CIO, Deeds proclaimed, “When I'm Governor, you won't just have a friend in Richmond-you'll have a partner.” (Deeds Press Release, October 3, 2008)


Deeds: Deeds has received at least $1.1 million dollars from major unions AFSCME ($500k) and SEUI ($100k), also including sizeable donations from the Democratic Governors Association – a major recipient of national labor money. (http://www.vpap.org/candidates/profile/home/5637)

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(http://www.vpap.org/committees/profile/money_in_donors/2719?end_year=2009&start_year=2008)


Biden and Deeds: Supporting Card Check


Biden: “[Biden] said that bargain has broken down since the 1980s as unions have grown far weaker. ‘We must reinstate that bargain,’ he said, referring to the card-check proposal. ‘I think the way to do that is the Employee Free Choice Act [Card Check].’” (Steven Greenhouse, “Let’s Dance, Biden Tells Labor,” The New York Times, March 5, 2009)


Deeds: Voted To Stop A Resolution (Senate Joint Resolution No. 347) To Amend The Virginia Constitution To Include A Right to Work Provision. On January 27, 2009, the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee, on which Senator Deeds sits, voted to “pass by indefinitely” the resolution (9-Y 6-N), with YEAS from all Democratic Senators (Howell, Deeds, Whipple, Puckett, Edwards, McEachin, Petersen, Barker, and Northam and NAYS from Republican Senators (Martin, Stolle, Obenshain, Blevins, Smith, and Vogel. (http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+vot+S08V0056+SJ0347)

Biden and Deeds: Killing Coal, Jobs with Cap and Trade



Biden: “We’re not supporting clean coal,” Biden said at a rally in Ohio. “No coal plants here in America.” (http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/0908/McCain_seizes_on_Biden_coal_gaffe.html)



Deeds: “A Deeds spokesman, Jared Leopold … said Deeds doesn’t have a position on the cap-and-trade bill.” (“Independents Edge Away from Obama,” Politico, July 9, 2009)



Silence on Issues Equals Support



“I think it’s great that Creigh Deeds is bringing in the world-renown comedian Joe Biden, which I guess means that Al Franken wasn’t available,” Chairman Mullins said. “But when you boil it down, the fact that Creigh Deeds is welcoming Joe Biden into the Commonwealth tells you an awful lot about where he stands on the issues.”

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