October 15th, 2009
01:04 PM ET
5 years ago

McDonnell uses top Democratic backer in new ad

McDonnell and Deeds have 19 days to go until election day in Virginia.
McDonnell and Deeds have 19 days to go until election day in Virginia.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Bob McDonnell, the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, is using his top Democratic supporter in a new television ad.

The 30-second spot is a simple testimonial from Sheila Johnson, the co-founder of BET and McDonnell's most prominent African-American backer. McDonnell has released a slew of ads featuring female supporters, an effort to blunt criticism from Democrat Creigh Deeds that the Republican opposes equal treatment for working women, a group McDonnell described as "detrimental" to the family in his 1989 master's thesis.

Johnson is also a frequent campaign surrogate who landed the McDonnell campaign in hot water earlier this month when she mocked his Democratic rival's stuttering speaking style. She later apologized for her remarks.

"I'm Sheila Johnson, a Democrat businesswoman," she says in the ad, speaking directly into the camera. "I know what it takes to start and grow successful businesses and create jobs. That's why I support Bob McDonnell for governor."

The ad is running in Democratic-leaning northern Virginia.


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Creigh Deeds • Virginia
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. rr

    Glad to see he's taking the high ground and not following the opposing party's gubenatorial playbook that Corzine and Deeds are following: go negative and go negative often!

    October 15, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Stacie

    Isn't this the heartless woman who made fun of Deeds because he has a speech impediment? Yeah, she is exactly the type of woman I'd want on my side....not!

    October 15, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Bob in VA

    Johnson continues to embarrass herself. If she were really a Democrat, she would know that the adjectival form of the word Democrat is Democratic. She sounds like a typical Republican when she says she's a "Democrat businesswoman." What a joke she is.

    October 15, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Cnn please post my comment! 1 love!

    What? The Republicans are so desperate now they need Democrats to help them win elections? it didnt work for mccain with lieberman...it wont work for you! Voters see right through it!

    October 15, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. carlo

    If she calls herself a "democrat businesswoman" instead of "democratic", she's never really been a member of the Democratic Party. After what she and her husband did to set back black America with that God-awful BET, Deeds should be happy they aren't trying to do commercials for him.

    October 15, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. larry

    Sheila Johnson as well as husband are jerks.....the republicans can have both of them. They fit right in.

    October 15, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. mark

    deeds is done

    October 15, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Lynda

    Republicans have what we call SHORT TERM MEMORY.....they for get to soon the things McDonnell has said about Women and how Johnson made fun of Deeds speak pattern.........So I don't call her a success in anything

    October 15, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    McDonnell is not the right direction for us Virginians. To be honest with you, neither is Creigh Deeds. Moran would have been the best choice. As for Ms. Johnson, she sounds like a hypocrite.

    October 15, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. mike

    old McDonnell had a farm E I E I O an on this farm he had some health care he feeds to his pig E I E I O thats where you can get health care on the farm just ask the people that stood in line for it over the summer

    October 15, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. They call me "tater salad"

    That's the Republican way! When all else fails, grab the first "token" you can find and put it on display as "window dressing" to try and attract a little business! Oldest trick in the book! What a party of inbeciles the GOP is! The Party of Tokens!

    October 15, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Steve (the real one)

    What does Ms Johnson know about Deeds, wealth redistribution, and the overall socialist takeover that most of you liberals don't? Makes you go...Hmmmmmmm!

    October 15, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Sheila Johnson, just like her ex-boss, is an idiot and sell out. When will we learn to stop selling our souls in the name of profit.

    October 15, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. IndyVoter

    Yeah she knows how to create jobs, at the expense and the detriment of the reputation and forward progress of African-Americans. Anyone who thinks that what is on BET is a service to African-Americans in this coutry is either selling or sniffing something. She is the worst person that he could choose to represent him. After her rude and hypocritical remarks about Deeds' speech patterns, she doesn't need to say another word. I don't support McDonnell or Johnson!

    October 15, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Perceptions

    It was the corrupt liberal Washington POST that SAT on this old story about a term paper written in the 1980's until sixty days before the election.

    The Washington POST is the unofficial official campaign manager for the Deeds campaign.

    Democrats should thank GOD everyday for the support they get from our MSM press ...........sad

    October 15, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Centrist

    McDonnell is desperately trying to divert from his far-right fundamentalism, which is only highlighted again by this ad.

    McDonnell uses Shelia Johnson, who insulted many innocent Americans with speech impediments. Our nephew has special needs, and my family takes great offense to Johnson's jesting for political posturings.

    Creigh Deeds is a moderate candidate and may not be perfect (no one is), but Deeds is a far better choice for Virginia's next governor.

    October 15, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Bonnie Coleman

    It want work. Ms Johnson is all about what she can get. It will not draw african americans to Mcdonnell. Creig Deeds is the man and he will get the african american votes. She is out there showing her teeth when this man Mcdonnell took part in stopping money for unemployment benefits. Creig Deeds for Governor. Like the old say, use a woman like you stated in your thesis, women should be in the background and not the front.

    October 15, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Another Home is Forclosed on Every 7.5 Seconds

    Another Democrat in Republican'ts clothing.

    October 15, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Another GOP Wing Nut...Ho Hum!

    October 15, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Idiot_Boehner

    Sheila is such an asset with her ability to make fun of Deeds. Plays right into the hate machine and women's rights.

    October 15, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. yuri

    Let the battle lines be drawn and the bugles be blown. The GOD-Dem brawl is ubiquitous during their pre-election name callings.

    October 15, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |