Here's one word you won't here in Bob McDonnell's new ad, featuring cameos by his wife and five children, nor in his earlier ad about his experience: Republican.
Not once does the former attorney general mention that he's seeking the governor's mansion as the GOP's soon-to-be nominee.
It used to be Democrats in Virginia who played that game, running for statewide office without mentioning their party affiliation. That it's now the Republican says a lot about how purple the state has become--and how much the GOP may be worried theirs is a damaged brand, particularly in liberal Northern Virginia.
May 14, 2009; 12:56 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman
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