Common Sense Virginia Hits McDonnell Again
For the moment, at least, it seems the Democratic political action committee Common Sense Virginia, and its patron saint, the Democratic Governor's Association, has virtually endless money to spend softening the ground for whichever Democrat the party nominates in the June 9 primary.
Yesterday, the group announced yet another huge ad buy in Northern Virginia, a significant six-figure expenditure for another week of commercials slamming Republican Bob McDonnell.
This is the third ad aired by the group and each have sought to define McDonnell as unfriendly to working people, highlighting the Republican rejection of a portion of federal stimulus money for unemployment insurance benefits for part-time employees and laid off workers enrolled in training courses.
The push has forced McDonnell to counter by expending precious dollars on positive ads attempting to burnish his image, a full six months before the election.
Here's reaction to Common Sense's latest, from McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin:
"These negative ads are being run by out of state special interests who have no real interest in the future of Virginia's workers. The organization funding these ads would run them in any state, about any Republican, it's what they do. And it's why Virginia voters are tuning out every misleading ad this outside group runs.
Bob McDonnell has dedicated his career to fighting for the people of Virginia. He is running for governor to help unemployed Virginians find good paying jobs right here in Virginia. Virginians need jobs, and Bob McDonnell will be a jobs governor."
May 29, 2009; 5:30 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Campaign Ads , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman
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