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Common Sense Virginia Hits McDonnell Again

Rosalind Helderman

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."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  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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I've never voted for a Republican in Richmond. But I'm so sick and tired of the arrogance, hypocrisy and destructive politics that are poisoning the Virginia Democratic Party - I'm ready to see them go away. The Republicans poisoned the VA GOP year ago and drove me to the Democrats. But if I have to choose between the Angry Right and the Crazy Left - that's just scarey.

Posted by: mwcob | May 29, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I have seen this ad many times and it never ceases to amaze me how it is totally irrelevant to the message it seeks to convey. The votes cited by the ad have nothing whatever to do with job creation or retention. They have only to do with what benefits and with what constrictions those benefits will be afforded those who have already lost jobs.

I thought the object of a "jobs governor" is to avoid such circumstances in the first place. Then there is the name of the organization itself, "Common Sense Virginia" which crates the illusion that it is associated with "Common Sense" which purports to be non-partisan. No way!

Lastly there is the spokeswoman who ends the ad with an accent that is clearly not that of any Virginia I know. Hmmmmmmmm.

Posted by: we4hoos | May 31, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I too am so tired of the so-called Common Sense Virginia TV ads that I could scream. Does the Democratic Governors Assoc really believe we are all stupid and that we won't bother to check out the validity of their claims? I thought that we were supposed to be moving toward more cooperation between the parties but I guess the labor union backed democrats don't want that. I'm at the point of the movie Network -- I'm Mad As Hell And I'm Not Going To Take It Anymore! For me, my money is going to the Republicans.

Posted by: jaees860 | June 2, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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