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McAuliffe Looks To General Election

Anita Kumar

In a fundraising letter sent yesterday, gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe ignored his Democratic opponents and instead went after Republican nominee Robert F. McDonnell.

"It seems like every time we get a chance to put aside partisanship and get things done, Bob McDonnell chooses ideology over what's best for the Commonwealth,'' McAuliffe said. "Maybe that's why I heard Republicans are going to throw the kitchen sink into Virginia to help his campaign. Sure enough, Bob's planning to bring in people like Sean Hannity, John McCain and Sarah Palin in order to fuel it."

McDonnell's spokesman Tucker Martin countered McAuliffe's accusations. "Bob McDonnell has a record of building bipartisan coalitions to help Virginia,'' he said. "Chairman McAuliffe is a career partisan who has a record of professional fundraising to help the national Democratic Party. This defines empty rhetoric."

McAuliffee talks about building "the single largest grassroots campaign apparatus Virginia's ever seen" and adding 300 new donors by the end of the month.

He criticized McDonnell for opposing in 2004 a tax increase to help offset a budget shortfall and this year's smoking ban compromise. "He opposed the smoking ban, putting ideology ahead of our children's health,'' McAuliffe said.

McAuliffe faces former delegate Brian Moran and state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds in the June 9 primary. The winner will face McDonnell in the general election.

By Anita Kumar  |  February 26, 2009; 10:28 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe  
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How ironic that McAullife would assume a primary of "inevitability" while facing some pretty stiff competition. You'd think he'd learn...

That said, seems like it will be a pretty good, hard race. Deeds has the disadvantage of being in the General Assembly at a time when Moran and McAullife get to campaign and raise money. Of course, for those paying attention, Deeds' legislative accomplishments (access to community colleges, clean energy loans to VA families, etc) should mean more than any stump speech.

Posted by: jscott3 | February 27, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

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