Reaction to Wilder Decision

Below are statements from spokesmen for the gubernatorial nominees reacting to former Gov. Doug Wilder’s (D) decision not to endorse either candidate.

From Jared Leopold, press secretary for Democrat Creigh Deeds:

“We respect Governor Wilder’s decision.  While Creigh and he may not agree on every issue, they share a fundamental commitment to keeping Virginia the best managed state in the nation, as Governor Wilder first made it in 1992.  As governor, Creigh intends to seek Governor Wilder’s counsel often, and looks forward to working with him.”

From Tucker Martin, communications director for Republican Bob McDonnell:

“Bob McDonnell and Governor Wilder have worked together well on issues ranging from combating gangs to promoting programs to help the homeless in Richmond. They share the same commitment to fiscal responsibility and keeping taxes low. They both understand that during these tough economic times public servants have to focus on the real-world situation of working families and small businesses who are struggling to make ends meet.  The last thing they need is another tax increase that makes their burdens heavier and dries up job opportunities. Bob holds the Governor in high regard for his historic achievements and public service, and he looks forward to continuing to work closely with him in the years ahead.”

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