McAuliffe Goes on the Air
Terry McAuliffe, a Democratic candidate for governor, released today the first television ad of the 2009 governor's race. The 30-second spot will air in Hampton Roads, which will be a crucial battleground in this year's campaign for the Democratic nomination.
Mo Elleithee, a McAuliffe strategist, said the campaign has purchased a "healthy" ad buy that will be followed up in the coming weeks with additional ads that will air in other parts of the state.
"I've spent four decades building businesses and creating jobs," McAuliffe says in the ad. "Now, I'm running for Governor because I know we can create thousands more right here. I'll make it my job to protect your job - and get Virginia's economy moving."
Earlier this month, McAuliffe aired a radio ad aimed at African-Americans in Norfolk and Richmond. The spot may have been the earliest that any candidate for governor in Virginia had started a paid media campaign.
Mike Henry, McAuliffe's campaign manager, noted the June 9 Democratic primary is only four months away.
"We are going to have an open dialogue on key issues that involve the economy throughout this campaign," Henry said.
McAuliffe's decision to begin the advertising war suggests he has continued to raise money at a brisk clip since the start of the year. As of Dec. 31, the end of the last finance reporting period, McAuliffe had about $750,000 in the bank. Last week, McAuliffe held a fundaiser in New York City.
January 26, 2009; 9:34 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig
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