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)

What We're Following See More »
DeGette Drops Bid for Majority Whip
1 hours ago
Administration Shuts Down San Diego Border Crossing
3 hours ago

"U.S. border officials on Monday shut down all vehicular traffic flowing north from Mexico into California at the country's busiest border crossing and diverted staff to help bulk up the infrastructure and security there, in anticipation of the arrival of thousands of migrants traveling in caravans from Central America. The San Ysidro port of entry, which processes 20,000 pedestrians and 70,000 vehicles moving from Tijuana to San Diego each day, closed all passenger and commercial lanes and one of its two pedestrian crossings."

Senators Sue Over Whitaker Appointment
3 hours ago

Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Mazie Hirono, and Sheldon Whitehouse have "filed a lawsuit challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general," which argues that "the appointment of Whitaker violates the Constitution because he has not been confirmed by the Senate. The complaint asks a judge to declare the appointment unconstitutional and to prevent him from serving as head of the Justice Department."

Trump To Revoke Acosta's Press Pass Again
5 hours ago

"White House officials have reportedly sent a letter to CNN’s Jim Acosta indicating that they will suspend his press pass again once the temporary restraining order that required them to restore Acosta’s credentials expires, CNN reported late Sunday. The 14-day order was issued Friday, and unless the judge extends it, it would expire at the end of the month. The action was telegraphed Friday by press secretary Sarah Sanders, who said that the White House would only 'temporarily reinstate' Acosta’s credentials in response to a court decision in his favor. U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly, who temporarily restored Acosta’s press pass Friday, must now consider the possibility of a permanent order.

Nelson Concedes as Scott Takes Florida Senate Seat
17 hours ago

"Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has conceded Florida’s Senate race to his Republican opponent Gov. Rick Scott following a hand recount. ...While there is a run-off still to come in Mississippi, the Scott win makes it most likely the Senate Republicans will hold a 53-47 majority in the 116th Congress."


Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.