Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) released a new TV ad in which the pediatrician in a doctor’s coat says: “You don’t see the hatred and bigotry we often see in adults, especially today. … As governor, I want our legacy to be giving our children the best future we can.” (release)
ONE FOR THE ROAD. In their fifth and final debate before the primary, Northam “touted his experience and relationships in Richmond, saying they make him the ideal choice to shepherd through pragmatic policies to help working families.” Former Rep. Tom Perriello (D) “urged a more dramatic approach, saying the state’s next leader needs to champion an expansive progressive platform, complete with new social programs funded by tax increases on the wealthiest, even if it faces opposition from Republican lawmakers.”
“Asked about their biggest mistakes in office, Northam said he didn’t have regrets and instead touted his work on passing a bill to ban smoking in restaurants. Perriello cited his vote for an unsuccessful amendment to the Affordable Care Act that would bar insurers covering abortions from receiving federal subsidies.”
“The debate … was held Thursday but aired Sunday.” (Washington Post)
GETTING DeENDORSEMENT. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) endorsed Perriello in a fundraising email to supporters on Saturday.
DeLauro: “He always stuck to his values, even if they cost him his seat. Tom wasn’t motivated by power or influence; he was motivated by helping struggling families in his district.” (release)
PRIMARY TWO-STEP. “In Facebook ads targeted to the kinds of voters who swept Trump into the White House,” former RNC chair Ed Gillespie (R) “strikes a harder tone, with images of federal immigration agents taking someone away in handcuffs, a massive border wall and piles of driver’s licenses presumably issued to undocumented immigrants.” (Washington Post)
PREPARING FOR JUNE 14. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), who has endorsed Northam, says he’ll back Perriello if he wins the nomination.
McAuliffe: “If Tom were the nominee the next day, I would be the first guy out there campaigning. What matters to me is getting a Democrat elected governor.” (CNN)