Group Launches Anti-McDonnell TV Ads
The most expensive ad campaign of the Virginia governor's race so far is not from the three Democrats running in the June primary. It's from Common Sense Virginia, a new group that formed with money from the Democratic Governors Association to oppose Republican Robert F. McDonnell.
The group is spending more than half a million dollars on broadcast and cable TV in Northern Virginia, Richmond, Norfolk and Roanoke starting today. They are the first ads in the governor's race to be aired in Northern Virginia.
The ad, "Empty," highlights McDonnell's opposition to Virginia's acceptance of $125 million in federal stimulus money for additional unemployment benefits to thousands of Virginians.
"Bob McDonnell is out of touch with out of work Virginians," said Mike Turner, Loudoun County resident and Common Sense Virginia advisory board member. "McDonnell helped lead the fight to deny Virginians the help we need in challenging times. Now Virginia's tax dollars will go to other states and we won't get our fair share."
UPDATE: The McDonnell campaign has now responded. In a statement, spokesman J. Tucker Martin said, "This is another misleading, negative attack by an outside group funded by national Democrats and big national unions. Bob McDonnell understands that Virginians are hurting and is fully committed to helping unemployed Virginians in this tough time. Unfortunately the federal legislation in question is another big government unfunded mandate which would hurt the ability of our small business owners to create the jobs our citizens need."
Martin said Republicans have worked to help the unemployed in other ways and is looking for ways to help that will not hurt job creation.
"Virginians prefer paychecks over unemployment checks. Bob McDonnell knows that, and he is focused on growing Virginia's economy, creating new jobs, and bringing more opportunities to every region of Virginia," he said.
May 5, 2009; 9:29 AM ET
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