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McDonnell Targeted in Online Ads

Anita Kumar

Common Sense Virginia, a group funded by the Democratic Governors Association, launched an online advertising campaign today designed to inform women about Republican gubernatorial nominee Robert F. McDonnell's record on education, health care and abortion rights.

"The more Virginia women learn about the real Bob McDonnell, the more they'll realize he's not for us," said Sarah Buckley, a University of Virginia student who is a Common Sense Virginia advisory board member.

For at least the next two weeks, the ads will appear on Websites frequently read by women in the state, including Martha Stewart Living, Every Day with Rachel Ray and Women's Entertainment Television.

"At a time when Virginians are hurting, these kind of negative attacks are tone deaf,'' said Tucker Martin, a McDonnell spokesman. "This is a national Democratic group parachuting into Virginia, going negative and trying to scare Virginia voters. It won't work."

Common Sense Virginia also began advertising with Google AdWords and on YouTube. These ads will direct Virginia women to Common Sense Virginia's recently-launched website,, and YouTube channel,

By Anita Kumar  |  April 15, 2009; 11:09 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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