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Gilmore Attacks Marshall in Mailing

Tim Craig

U.S. Senate candidate James S. Gilmore III has sent out a last-minute mailing accusing his opponent for the Republican nomination, Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), of not being a "reliable conservative voice."

Marshall, widely viewed as one of the most conservative members of the General Assembly when it comes to taxes and social issues, said the mailing proves Gilmore "is behind or close to losing" at this weekend's state GOP convention.

Ana Gamonal, a Gilmore spokeswoman, was not immediately available for comment. But Gilmore has said in the past he is confident he has secured the delegates needed to win the nomination on Saturday.

In the mailing, Gilmore said he serves on the National Rifle Association's Board of Directors, supports drilling for oil in Alaska and signed 14 tax breaks into law when governor from 1998 to 2002.

Gilmore "will be a rock-solid voice for our conservative principals in the U.S. Senate," the mailer states.

"The Truth About Bob Marshall," states the opposite side of the mailer. "He's just not a reliable conservative voice."

The mailing goes on to accuse Marshall of supporting efforts to weaken the Second Amendment, and blasts him for voting in 2000 for a bill that Gilmore says would have created "unelected regional taxing authorities." Gilmore also notes that Marshall, an advocate for efforts to control sprawl, has been endorsed by the "liberal Sierra Club."

Marshall also co-sponsored a bill to expand the use of red-light cameras, which the mailer states "would have opened the doors to government cameras at every intersection."

"With this kind of record, we're lucky that Bob Marshall has only been successful in getting 13 percent of his bills passed since 1994," the mailer states.

Marshall, who has been endorsed by Gun Owners of America, took exception with Gilmore's claims that he is not a supporter of the Second Amendment.

Marshall also disputes Gilmore's charge that he embraces regional taxing authorities. He noted he led the fight this year against the Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads regional transportation authorities, which were part of the 2006 transportation deal. In response to a lawsuit from Marshall, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled in February those authorities were unconstitutional.

"Would Gilmore be doing this stuff if had the (nomination) in the bag?" Marshall asked

By Tim Craig  |  May 28, 2008; 5:54 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Tim Craig  
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Posted by: Anonymous | May 28, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

From a campaign strategy point of view, we must say that everyone was waiting for Boyd Marcus to sling that last bit of slime, timing the mailer to go out as to prevent sufficient time for the other camp to respond, but long enough to get the babble-heads in the Press to regurgitate the attack a few times. This is a classic Gilmore-Marcus maneuver; very sleazy.

For most, it just reinforces that Gilmore is still a Bush Neocon kind of guy, who doesn't have to follow the rules of civility, honesty or any other inconvenient rules, like the Constitution, when those sorts of documents stand in the way of their quest for power.

If you support the Constitution and love Liberty, then Bob Marshall is your candidate.

Most importantly to me is that we Republicans need to unite behind Bob Marshall to show Virginia and the rest of the United States that the Bush era (error) is OVER and a new kind of Republican Party is emerging; one that is committed to restoring our Constitutional government and the balance of power between the three branches of government.

Let Gilmore's defeat signal that the march towards fascism stops now!

Posted by: J. Tyler Ballance | May 29, 2008 6:13 AM | Report abuse

Oh, no, stop the presses, a candidate is... campaigning.

Posted by: ugh | May 29, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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