The latest attack, an ad issued by a pro-Northam SuperPAC called Latino Victory US, depicts a man in a truck adorned with a Confederate flag and Gillespie bumper sticker targeting kids of different ethnic backgrounds. You can find the ridiculous ad below:
“The ad, titled “American Nightmare,” shows a large pick-up truck with a Gillespie campaign sticker, a ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ front license plate, and a huge Confederate flag on the back, chasing down a group of minority children, including a Muslim girl wearing a hijab, an African-American boy, and two young Latinos.”
But these acts of desperation aren’t working on voters despite what Northam’s campaign is saying. They have even turned off the editors of major influential publications here in Virginia. For reference: Gillespie recently won the endorsements of the Winchester Star, Inside NoVA, and yes, Richmond Times-Dispatch.
This comes at the heels of a flier painting Gillespie as a Neo- Nazi sympathizer in wake of Charlottesville.
Moreover, former Hillary Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon mocked Gillespie and defamed his character by unsurprisingly conflating his campaign with the reprehensible Charlottesville protest.
However muddied the president’s statements on Charlottesville were, Gillespie provided a clear contrast by immediately condemning the August gathering:
“Having a right to spew vile hate does not make it right. It is painful to see these ugly events in Charlottesville last night and today. These displays have no place in our Commonwealth, and the mentality on display is rejected by the decent, thoughtful and compassionate fellow Virginians I see every day. I know we all appreciate the law enforcement officials maintaining order and protecting public safety there.”
All eyes are on the Commonwealth of Virginia these next few days as voters in our state prepare to elect a new governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. As expected, this election cycle–Virginia boasts elections every year–was nasty. I cannot wait for the ads to disappear from local TV and radio markets here.
Given the pace of the election, polling, and key endorsements, Ralph Northam is likely to lose–and he should. He is an extension of the unaccountable McAuliffe administration gaslighting its constituency to think Republican policies kill people or make our state worse off. Northam wants voters to believe he’s far removed from what’s transpiring down in Richmond, but cannot divorce himself from it no matter how many TV or radio spots paint him as this rosy, compassionate doctor. This is the same administration in Richmond whose Attorney General illegally rescinded concealed carry reciprocity (but failed), has scaled back on abortion clinic heath regulations, has produced zero percent GDP growth in our state, has economic boondoggle after boondoggle resulting in millions of taxpayer dollars lost, and has allowed MS13 to metastasize in many Virginia suburbs, just to name a few prime examples.
Virginia is a conservative state when you exclude hubs like the immediate DC-area suburbs, Richmond, and portions of Hampton Roads. If you watch election returns for every statewide election, you know Northern Virginia–particularly Fairfax and Arlington counties–decide the fate of elections here. The map is overwhelmingly red up until the final returns. (Many Virginians believe more of the vote shares in NoVA will go to Gillespie this year.) The folks here are mild-mannered, self-reliant, God-fearing, and cling to their guns. This is a Southern state, no matter how many entrenched government workers or rabid Democrat consultants keen on turning the state blue are. Virginia has been mired with a storied past, but is doing its best to move into a better future. I’m proud to call this state my adopted home for the last five years and hope others in disaffected blue states come here to make a new home.
I have no qualms voting for Gillespie and the rest of the ticket next Tuesday. I hope you join me in doing so to getting Virginia moving in a positive direction again.