Former Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA), “will lead a new political action committee aimed at ending the GOP’s longtime majority in the commonwealth’s House of Delegates. … The organization will not only raise money, he said, but also will help candidates find ways to use technology to campaign more effectively.”
“The Win Virginia group has already raised $260,000 from four wealthy donors, three of them longtime Democratic supporters from Fairfax County: .. financier Edward Hart Rice, … tech executive Shashikant Gupta … and government contracting executive Dario O. Marquez Jr. … The fourth, San Francisco venture capitalist and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, gave $50,000.” (Washington Post)
TREBLE WITH THE BASS. Prince William County Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart (R) said Wednesday that former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie (R) have not spoken to each other since the primary election and will have base turnout issues if he doesn’t speak to his voters.
Stewart: “I’m going to be voting for Ed Gillespie and I hope that all of my supporters vote for Ed Gillespie. But, you know, this is not old-style politics. There’s 155,000 people who voted for me and they voted for me because of … my strong positions on … historical monuments, cracking down on illegal immigration. … And, you know, they’re going to vote for Ed Gillespie if Ed Gillespie has strong positions like I did on those issues. They’re not just people who are just going to blindly follow whatever I say.” (John Fredericks Show)
Stewart “had loads of free advice for the nominee, who he called ‘boring’ and lacking in passion. … Stewart says Gillespie should ditch the ‘dorky Mister Rogers’ sweater that is a staple of his campaign ads.”
Stewart: “Ed, if you’re listening to this: Nobody cares that your dad owned a grocery store. Nobody cares that your ancestors were immigrants. Nobody cares about that because everybody in that room has a similar story. I haven’t met any person who has been inspired by Ed’s story of growing up in a grocery store.” (Washington Post)
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"Two days after President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian officials offered a string of assertions about what the two leaders had achieved. 'Important verbal agreements' were reached at the Helsinki meeting, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told reporters in Moscow Wednesday, including preservation of the New Start and INF agreements," and cooperation in Syria.
"Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election. The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation. Mr. Trump sounded grudgingly convinced, according to several people who attended the intelligence briefing. But ever since, Mr. Trump has tried to cloud the very clear findings that he received on Jan. 6, 2017, which his own intelligence leaders have unanimously endorsed."