Northam, Perriello Have Different Targets in Last Debate

Perriello is highlighting his home in Alexandria.

May 17, 2017, 10:23 a.m.

“The Demo­crat­ic can­did­ates for gov­ernor seemed to be run­ning against dif­fer­ent op­pon­ents in their fourth de­bate Tues­day night, as” former Rep. Tom Per­ri­ello (D) “re­peatedly at­tacked Pres­id­ent Trump and” former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie (R) “in­stead of his primary op­pon­ent, Lt.Gov. Ral­ph Northam (D). Northam, by con­trast, kept his fo­cus on state is­sues and in­voked his Demo­crat­ic al­lies in Vir­gin­ia polit­ics.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

“Throughout the de­bate, the two can­did­ates rarely ad­dressed the oth­er’s plat­form and back­ground dir­ectly. One ex­cep­tion, though, was Northam’s re­peated ref­er­ence to Per­ri­ello re­ceiv­ing an ‘A’ rat­ing from the Na­tion­al Rifle As­so­ci­ation when he was in Con­gress. … One of the oth­er dif­fer­ences high­lighted by Northam is that Per­ri­ello sup­por­ted the Stupak-Pitts Amend­ment while he was in Con­gress.”

Northam: ”I have un­equi­voc­ally been pro-choice. We don’t need someone who’s go­ing to be mul­tiple choice.” (Vir­gini­an-Pi­lot)

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS. Per­ri­ello’s “ad fea­tur­ing Pres­id­ent Barack Obama has an ad­ded bo­nus for view­ers in the D.C. area: tiny let­ter­ing in­dic­at­ing Per­ri­ello is speak­ing dir­ect to cam­era from Al­ex­an­dria, Va. The loc­a­tion isn’t noted in ver­sions of the ad that have been run­ning out­side of the north­ern Vir­gin­ia sub­urbs.” (Politico)

OLD DOMIN­ION. “Northam … has taken heat from en­vir­on­ment­al­ists for re­fus­ing to con­demn a pair of nat­ur­al gas pipelines be­ing built in the state, but a re­cent let­ter from Vir­gin­ia’s biggest util­ity sug­gests the po­ten­tial polit­ic­al pay­off from his neut­ral stance.

“Domin­ion En­ergy chief ex­ec­ut­ive Thomas Far­rell sent a let­ter May 12 to the com­pany’s 76,000 em­ploy­ees, re­tir­ees and share­hold­ers throughout Vir­gin­ia that urged them to con­sider Domin­ion’s pipeline pro­ject when vot­ing in the June 13 gubernat­ori­al primary.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

CAP & TRADE. McAul­iffe on Tues­day “dir­ec­ted the Vir­gin­ia De­part­ment of En­vir­on­ment­al Qual­ity to be­gin as­sem­bling reg­u­la­tions to re­duce car­bon emis­sions from Vir­gin­ia power plants.” (Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch)

Northam: “Very proud that our ad­min­is­tra­tion is do­ing the work to com­bat cli­mate change in Vir­gin­ia—you can bet I’ll con­tin­ue it as gov­ernor.” (Twit­ter)

Per­ri­ello: “Gov. McAul­iffe’s bold move fi­nally shifts Vir­gin­ia in­to a 21st Cen­tury en­ergy eco­nomy and gives us a bet­ter shot at good-pay­ing jobs and at pro­tect­ing our coast­line and cli­mate. … In Con­gress, I sup­por­ted cap-and-trade, which would have led to job cre­ation in rur­al com­munit­ies around al­tern­ate en­ergy and put trades­men and con­struc­tion work­ers on the job.” (re­lease)

Gillespie: “We all want clean­er air; we all want clean­er wa­ter. We can get those things without these ex­cess­ive reg­u­la­tions that are job-killing and cost-in­creas­ing.” (re­lease)

GILLESPIE’S CONUN­DRUM. “After the June 13 primar­ies to de­cide the gubernat­ori­al nom­in­a­tions of both parties, Gillespie may no longer have the lux­ury of stra­tegic si­lence. Gillespie can yam­mer all he wants about Vir­gin­ia slip­ping in the rat­ings of busi­ness-friendly states, about Demo­crats’ hos­til­ity to the ban on com­puls­ory uni­on mem­ber­ship as a con­di­tion for a job, about his pro­posed in­come tax cut that Re­pub­lic­an le­gis­lat­ors privately con­cede the state can’t af­ford, and Obama-like over­reach by de­part­ing” Gov. Terry McAul­iffe (D).

“But in a state com­fort­ably car­ried by Hil­lary Clin­ton and where a fresh poll by The Wash­ing­ton Post shows that hos­til­ity for Trump is great­er than in the na­tion as a whole, the polit­ic­al en­vir­on­ment will fully test the verbal acu­ity of a guy who, as an aide to the second George Bush, art­fully used sound bites and stage­craft to help an un­pop­u­lar pres­id­ent out of a jam or two.”

“Gillespie gets away now with dia­phan­ous plat­it­udes about health care and the Comey dis­missal” for now be­cause “Stew­art and Wag­n­er badly lag Gillespie” and “Gillespie has the good for­tune of a power­ful dis­trac­tion: the Demo­crat­ic primary fight between Ral­ph Northam and Tom Per­ri­ello, both of whom have said they fully in­tend to link the pre­sumed Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­ee to Trump.” (Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch)

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