Northam Releases New Ads, Expands Ad Buy

Democrats are challenging Gillespie’s lobbying record.

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Zach C. Cohen
May 2, 2017, 10:54 a.m.

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.


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