Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) released two new TV ads on Tuesday which showcase his background as an Army doctor and pediatrictian and said he “stood up to the NRA” and supported votes to ban assault weapons and “close the gun show loophole.” One ad also “passed the smoking ban in restaurants [and] stopped the transvaginal ultrasound anti-choice law.”
While one ad twice shows Northam alongside term-limited Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), the other closes with Northam calling President Trump a “narcissistic maniac.”
The campaign is also expanding its previous buy to include Washington, Roanoke, and Charlottesville. (release)
2014 REDUX. “The Democrats are … using a familiar line of attack as they pivot some of their attention to November and prepare to face” former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie: “his lobbying work. … Democrats will be targeting Trump supporters … by appealing to voters enamored with the president’s rejection of the Washington ‘swamp’ and not necessarily inclined to support someone with Gillespie’s background.”
“‘He really represents everything Trump voters hate about the Republican Party,’” former Rep. Tom Perriello (D) said in an interview, … calling Gillespie ‘the guy who’s literally the face of the K Street program.’ … Northam said in a brief interview after the debate that, if nominated, ‘we’ll be talking about’ Gillespie’s status as ‘a lobbyist” and ‘a Washingtonian with a Virginia address.’ Democratic Governors Association spokesman Jared Leopold said ‘that’ll be a topic that you’d hear a lot about.’”
“Democratic operatives in D.C. are starting to target other parts of his career, based on research partially compiled during Gillespie’s loss to Sen. Mark Warner (D) in 2014. According to lobbying disclosures and news clips from the mid-2000s, Gillespie’s firm, Quinn, Gillespie & Associates, lobbied for Tyson Foods while the corporation was accused of hiring undocumented immigrants and violating environmental laws.
“Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said Monday that Quinn Gillespie, but not Gillespie himself, ‘was hired for public affairs consulting, not lobbying, when our company was facing immigration charges’ of which it was later acquitted. Gillespie spokesman David Abrams said the filing included Gillespie ‘to avoid running afoul of lobbying disclosure rules,’ and that ‘his former firm often registered everyone there under every client.’ (National Journal)
TAXING SITUATION. State Sen. Frank Wagner (R) “on Monday ripped Ed Gillespie’s tax cut promises, saying ‘Gillespie’s claim of putting nearly $1,300 per year back into the pockets of a family of four is dishonest, phony math and bad public policy.’” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
ENDORSEMENTS. The Hampton Roads Building and Construction Trades Council and the Richmond Building Trades Council endorsed Perriello on Tuesday. Council President Tommy Bell praised “his inclusive economic vision that prioritizes growth from the ground up and the middle out. He understands that our next governor must protect our workers in a time when their livelihoods are increasingly threatened by wage theft, denial of benefits, and reduced bargaining powers.” (release)
Northam on Monday “announced the endorsements of a coalition of” Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders. (release)
Correction: This post has been updated with correct endorsers after Perriello’s campaign corrected its release.