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Moran Chides McAuliffe on Fundraiser

Anita Kumar

Democratic gubernatorial Brian Moran criticized his rival Terry McAuliffe for attending a Washington fundraiser last night hosted by the prestigious BGR lobbying firm founded by Republicans Ed Rogers and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, now vice-chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Rogers has worked to defeat Democrats nationwide, including Barack Obama in the presidential race. He attacked Obama in several national TV appearances last year.

"Rogers joined Rush Limbaugh and others in raising racially and religiously charged attacks against then Senator Obama,'' said Andrew Roos, Moran's campaign manager. "It's sad that in the same week Terry McAuliffe aired a radio ad claiming credit for helping to elect Barack Obama, he's holding a fundraiser with someone who did everything he could to defeat him."

BGR Group employs people from both parties. One of the hosts of the fundraiser is Jonathan Mantz, who works at the firm and was Hillary Clinton's finance director.

"Terry knows that the race for governor is going to be very competitive, which is why he is working hard to ensure that he has the resources he needs to build a large grassroots campaign,'' said Lis Smith, McAuliffe's spokeswoman. "His ability to work with individuals of both parties, including those at the bipartisan BGR Group, is one of the strengths he brings to this campaign, and it is a skill that will serve him well in the governor's office."

Rogers was out of the country this week, but said in an email that McAuliffe is "a good personal friend." He did not attend the fundraiser.

His firm also hosted a fundraiser for Robert F. McDonnell, the Republican nominee for governor, on Jan. 6. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was the headliner.

By Anita Kumar  |  March 25, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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It's two faced and unethical to claim you are taking the higher path in a competitve race, and accuse the opposition of being the only ones attacking democrats, then openly fundraise from right wing pundits who openly wish for the failure of Obama.

Party politics aside, if you openly wish for the failure of a president in this economic climate, you are wishing for the failure of America. I think we need to work together, not openly hope policies fail.

Good job Terry, for making even more waves for an already unstable boat.

Posted by: garm | March 25, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

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