Edd Houck Concedes; Thanks Creigh Deeds (not)!


    This is a major bummer, and really didn’t have to be the case. The fact is, Edd Houck’s Democratic neighbor in the Senate, Creigh Deeds, won his race by nearly 15,000 votes, while Edd Houck lost his race by just over 200 votes. You think Creigh could have spared a few deep “blue” precincts in Charlottesville during redistricting or what?!? What I’m hearing from my sources is that Deeds explicitly refused to do this, selfishly arguing that his district wasn’t safe enough (even though it’s solidly “blue,” around 57% DPI), and that eventually Edd Houck gave in (despite Dick Saslaw, to his CREDIT for a change, really pushing Deeds to give up a little to protect Houck). It’s truly infuriating…especially after you read Houck’s classy statement, below, and realize what we lost. 🙁

    ‎”There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under the heaven…a time to search and a time to give up”.

    Today at 2:30 p.m. following a conference call with my legal team and campaign advisors, I determined that I must concede this election. I do so knowing that “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”. To the hundreds of my supporters, I wish I could have given you the victory you deserve. But, it simply did not happen. At 4:00 today, I called Bryce Reeves, made my concession, wished him well and offered my assistance as he enters into the Senate of Virginia. At this uncertain economic time in Virginia, he deserves your full support and prayers. I can never express to each of you my most sincere heartfelt thanks for your support over the past 28 years. I have been blessed by your friendship. I hope to see each of you in the near future.

    P.S. Also worth noting, each incumbent Democratic senator apparently got to approve the lines for their districts, giving each one effective veto power. Clearly, Deeds used that power to his own advantage, which is what politicians do, but he also screwed over Edd Houck in the process while winning his own race by a whopping 29 points. Ugh.

    • corinthian

      Deeds probably got spooked by a sound thrashing in the governor’s race and for actually having an opponent for once. I won’t blame a politician for doing what politicians do. It’s like blaming rain for making you wet.

      I will, however, extend my ire to whoever decided to run that stupid gong ad. Talk about backfire…

    • Bwana

      …I had kept my WAPO photo of Edd Houck in 1983.  The district had been gerrymandered to bump Eva Scott out of office, and Houck was regularly thought to be running behind Pat McSweeney.  Houck wins, and the election night photograph of him in shirtsleeves, tie pulled down, giving a big whoop with fist in the air…perhaps the perfect election night victory photograph,

    • mrg.uva

      but too bad we didn’t see that same level of class from Republicans who lost election night.  Instead, they chose to blame redistricting and not call their opponents to concede.  No class.  

      Loser Tom Gordy’s the perfect example.  Easy to smear a good man’s reputation, hard to own up to it.  Read it here:


      You’re done, son.

    • aimeefausser

      Deeds has commented on twitter that this is “inaccurate.”

    • aznew

      First, if this story is true, then it reflects badly on Creigh. The excuse that he is just acting like a politician and looking out for his own reelection prospects doesn’t wash for two reasons. First, whatever the results of 2009, as a result of his run for Governor Creigh is more than just a senator — he is a leader of the Democratic Party. Second, the goal of a political leader is not simply to get elected and re-elected, but to govern in a manner that advances that politician’s goals for society. In other words, giving up a few democratic votes to Houck, even if it would have marginally been against Creigh’s parochial electoral interests, would have nonetheless still have been in his political interests by advancing his goals of a Virginia reflecting Democratic policies and sensibilities.

      Now, that said, and with the proviso that I have no idea whether this story is true or not, I do not see a shred of evidence that supports the tale, beyond some opinions expressed to Lowell by anonymous sources.

      As per Aimee, Creigh has said the reports are “inaccurate.”

      VADEM says it is up to Creigh to put out an “accurate” report of what transpired. I don’t agree. Creigh has said the reports are inaccurate. In any fair system, it is now up to his accusers to present evidence to back up what they are saying.

      It doesn’t matter how many people are relating this to Lowell — that is not evidence, since in the absence of a single piece of evidence, for all he knows they could all simply be repeating the same inaccurate info. Evidence would consist of an e-mail, a scrap of notes, an eyewitness to statements coming out on the record, a recording of a meeting, and so on.

      I’ve no problem with Lowell reporting what he is hearing from his sources in this manner — I’m not blaming the messenger and, anyway, I think such reporting is one of the things that makes blogs so valuable. We can each evaluate the information as we see fit.

      As for me, allegations are not proof, and allegations that have been denied, as these have, deserve to be ignored unless and until there is even a single piece of evidence, much less proof, presented backsing them up. In this case, so far, there has been none. If facts and evidence exist, I assume thy will be presented, and if they are, my opinion might change. But for me, for now,  adding Houck’s loss the list of Creigh’s “legion” of “colossal/disastrous f***up” seems a bit premature and unfair.  

    • Yes, if this is how it worked, it is understandable, and disappointing.

      And in that weird way that politics has, because this became the senate seat that was the closest, it becomes the meme that we lost the Senate because we lost Houck’s seat.  But that’s 20/20 hindsight talking — and there were a lot of really odd decisions that were made by a lot of different Democrats that affected far more seats than only Houck’s.  

      So I’m not saying that I wouldn’t like to hear more about this (I love insider baseball type political stuff) but let’s keep our eye on the real ball here — this wasn’t lost by one bad pitcher at the bottom of the ninth.

    • leedynamo

      Deeds won by 15000 votes.

      Houck lost by a couple hundred.