The news today that Creigh Deeds is running for governor is not a surprise. What is a surprise is his announcement in 2007 for an election that will be held in 2009. No matter what reasons he offered for the early announcement, he jumped the gun and there may be some backlash since protocol generally calls for candidates to wait until one election is completed before announcing for the next.
Election campaigning has started earlier and earlier the past few years ... perhaps now announcing for office is going to start earlier and earlier, too.
What a shame.