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Perriello, Northam in Debate Each Other of Supporting Republicans

Perriello’s ambulance ad began airing in markets across the state Tuesday.

May 10, 2017, 11:13 a.m.

Former Rep. Tom Per­ri­ello (D) and Lt. Gov. Ral­ph Northam (D) “launched their sharpest on­stage at­tacks of each oth­er yet Tues­day as” they “ac­cused each oth­er of hav­ing shaky loy­alty to the party. Per­ri­ello con­fron­ted Northam dir­ectly over his past sup­port for former Pres­id­ent George W. Bush, and Northam ac­cused Per­ri­ello of be­ing a liber­tari­an in Demo­crat’s cloth­ing who fre­quently voted with Re­pub­lic­ans dur­ing his single term in Con­gress.” (Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch)

The RGA bought Snapchat fil­ters for the de­bate ac­cus­ing Northam of “dodging” an­swers and Per­ri­ello of “flip-flop[ping]” on is­sues. (re­lease)

THE KIM­MEL EF­FECT. Per­ri­ello’s cam­paign an­nounced Tues­day his “vir­al” ad, in which a com­pact­or crushes an am­bu­lance start­ing Tues­day aired “in the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Nor­folk, Rich­mond, Roan­oke and Char­lottes­ville mar­kets … dur­ing Jimmy Kim­mel Live, The Late Show with Steph­en Col­bert, The To­night Show with Jimmy Fal­lon, Late Night with Seth Mey­ers, and dur­ing Sat­urday’s new epis­ode of Sat­urday Night Live hos­ted by Melissa Mc­Carthy.” “The ad … has more than 400,000 views on You­Tube, 236,000 views on Face­book and 86,000 views on Twit­ter.” (re­lease)

LOCK, STOCK, AND BAR­REL. Sen. Marco Ru­bio (R-FL) en­dorsed former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie (R) on Wed­nes­day in a fun­drais­ing email.

Ru­bio: “I need you to join me in turn­ing your at­ten­tion to what’s hap­pen­ing right now in the gov­ernor’s race in Vir­gin­ia. Right now, Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate Ed Gillespie is fa­cing a tough cam­paign against a Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate who has been hand-picked by lib­er­als like Bernie Sanders, Eliza­beth War­ren and George Sor­os, or by the Clin­ton-McAul­iffe ma­chine. … I know Ed Gillespie and he is not only an in­cred­ible pat­ri­ot, but a great hus­band and fath­er. He will be a great Gov­ernor of Vir­gin­ia and bring more jobs to the Com­mon­wealth while also lower­ing taxes and mak­ing it easi­er for small busi­nesses to open and grow.” (Hot­line re­port­ing)

The Co­ali­tion to Stop Gun Vi­ol­ence en­dorsed Northam on Wed­nes­day. (re­lease)

DEEP IN THE HEART. Prince Wil­li­am County Su­per­visors Chair Corey Stew­art (R) “told re­port­ers if elec­ted, he will push for [sanc­tu­ary city] le­gis­la­tion sim­il­ar to a law re­cently ap­proved in” Texas. (WVIR)

ANA­LYS­IS. “Northam ap­pears to be re­act­ing, while Per­ri­ello is ra­cing from pil­lar to post, sup­port­ing his on­line pres­ence with re­tail polit­ics. Northam ex­plains — al­ways a per­il, if not an out­right sign that a can­did­ate is los­ing. Per­ri­ello ex­cites — spar­ing him from hav­ing to ex­plain votes and views on abor­tion rights and guns that vi­ol­ate Demo­crat­ic or­tho­doxy.

“But this is where Northam may have the up­per hand. With a nearly 2-to-1 ad­vant­age over Per­ri­ello in cash on-hand, Northam has the means to de­mean his op­pon­ent as a verbally dex­ter­ous new­comer to state gov­ern­ment whose ca­pa­city for flash should not be mis­taken for fa­mili­ar­ity with the way that a deeply po­lar­ized Rich­mond works — or doesn’t.” (Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch)

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