RICHMOND, Va. - Black Entertainment Television (BET) co-founder Sheila Johnsonhas apologized for pretending to stutter at a campaign event whereshe mimicked Virginia's Democratic candidate for governor CreighDeeds.
As if negative TV campaign ads weren't enough, video (left)showing Johnson mock Democrat Creigh Deeds is now swirling aroundon the Internet
"We need someone who can really communicate and Bob McDonnellcan communicate. The other people I talk to, especially hisop-op-op-opponent, di-di-did this all through my interview withhim," Johnson says in the video.
A Deeds staffer recorded the comments at a luncheon Johnsonhosted for Republican Bob McDonnell a couple of weeks ago.
In response to the comment, Johnson told WAVY.com, "Two weeksago I made reference to Creigh Deeds' inability to clearlycommunicate effective solutions to the serious problems facingVirginia. I shouldn't have done it in the manner in which I did andfor that I apologize for any offense he, or others, may havetaken."
During a campaign stop in Northern Virginia, Deeds supporterschanted, "Deeds not words, Deeds not words." Deeds had no problemsharing his vision with the crowd.
"I'm going to be the governor that's going to create jobs fromone corner of Virginia to the next, I'm going to be the governorthat finally brings people together, Democrats, Republicans --people from all walks of life from all parts of Virginia to finallyfix our transportation problems," said the Democratic candidate.
In Charlottesville, McDonnell built on his plan for smallbusiness. He shared his vision with shop owners.
"The way we turn the economy around is not with more taxationand regulation, not more federal programs, we've got to be able tocreate more jobs and have more entrepreneurship and to me thatstarts with small businesses," said Republican candidate BobMcDonnell.
Deeds' campaign released the following statement regarding the video:
“This is a cheap shot and a new low for this race. Virginians deserve better than personal attacks like this. Creigh Deeds isn’t the smoothest speaker in the race, but when he speaks he is authentic and means what he says. That's what people will respond to, not divisive personal attacks.”
McDonnell's campaign released the following statementregarding the video:
“Creigh Deeds has never had a problem voicing his false attacks about Bob McDonnell. What he has had difficulty expressing is any positive vision for Virginia’s future. Democratic businesswoman Sheila Johnson was noting that fact. Why the Deeds campaign wants to attack a prominent supporter of both Governor Tim Kaine and President Barack Obama, while reminding voters that she strongly supports Bob McDonnell for governor, is beyond us.”
Both camps promise to continue the positive and negative adsright up until election day.
Take a look at the video showing Johnson take a jab at CreighDeeds to the left of this story.
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