Gilmore Attacks Marshall in Mailing
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
May 28, 2008; 5:54 PM ET
Categories: Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Tim Craig
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