There is a lot of reaction coming in from around the Commonwealth about Senator Creigh Deeds, who has been taken to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville following an assault this morning.
Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement:
"In this tough and sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Deeds family. The news from this morning is utterly heartbreaking. Creigh Deeds is an exceptional and committed public servant who has always done what he believes is best for Virginia and who gives his all to public service. He cares deeply about Virginia, and the people of Virginia care deeply for him. I urge all Virginians today to join me in praying for a full and complete recovery for Creigh and for many more years of his public service to the Commonwealth. At this moment, our state unites in prayer for Creigh Deeds and his family."
Other politicians are also reacting:
"Dorothy and I are praying for the Deeds family at this difficult time" tweeted Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe.
"Praying for Creigh's recovery. My thoughts & prayers are with his family" tweeted Senator Tim Kaine.
"Stunning news from Bath County. I am praying for @CreighDeeds and his family at this very, very difficult time" tweeted Senator Mark Warner.
"My thoughts & prayers are
with Sen. Creigh Deeds & his family. I hope you will keep them in
your prayers as well. A truly tragic situation" tweeted Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.
"Shocking news re Senator Deeds and his son. Our prayers are with Creigh and his family." tweeted Republican Greg Habeeb. "All politics aside. I hope all Virginians can stop and pray for Creigh Deeds and his family right now."
"My thoughts and prayers go out to Senator Creigh Deeds and his family during this difficult time." tweeted Democrat Delegate Onzlee Ware. "Please join me in praying for Senator Deeds' full recovery."