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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"Former veteran Senate Intelligence Committee staffer James Wolfe pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of making false statements to federal agents." Wolfe was indicted "earlier this year on three counts of making false statements to the FBI, which questioned him about his contacts with reporters ... According to the indictment, in October 2017 Wolfe gave a reporter ... information about an unidentified man who had been served with a subpoena to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The reporter published stories about the subpoena and the man's upcoming testimony in a closed committee hearing."
"The federal deficit widened last year amid higher government spending—including rising interest costs on the debt and increased funding for the military—and flat revenues following last year’s tax cut. The government ran a $779 billion deficit in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, the Treasury Department said Monday. That is the largest annual deficit in six years and 17% higher than the $666 billion deficit in fiscal 2017. As a share of gross domestic product, the deficit totaled 3.9%, up from 3.5% a year earlier and the third consecutive increase."
"Saudi Arabia has given Turkey permission to search its Istanbul consulate Monday afternoon, a Turkish diplomatic source told CNN. Saudi officials first granted permission for the consulate to be searched last week, but later asked for a delay and no search has yet taken place. Turkish officials also want to search the nearby consul general's residence, and have repeatedly accused the Saudis of failing to cooperate with their investigation."