VA Gubernatorial Candidate's Stutter Mocked By GOP Rival's Camp

To Republican surrogates:

Few Virginians would describe Creigh Deeds as a great speaker. The Democratic candidate for governor frequently fumbles his words in press conferences and on debate stages. The Washington Post has described him as "stammering."

Now a top surrogate for Republican candidate Bob McDonnell is drawing some unwanted attention for outright mocking the Democrat's halting manner of speech.

..."We need people who can communicate," [Sheila Johnson, the co-founder of BET and a high-profile African-American McDonnell backer] said at the event, as McDonnell stood by in the audience. "And Bob McDonnell can communicate."

Johnson then said other politicians she talks to can't communicate, "especially his op-op-op-op-opponent."

The McDonnell campaign had no comment.

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