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Kenny Alexander Did Not Approve This Ad

Rosalind Helderman

Del. Kenneth Cooper Alexander (D-Norfolk), chair of the legislative black caucus, asked Brian Moran to take his name off those radio ads blasting Terry McAuliffe for opposing Barack Obama in the presidential primary campaign, which we wrote about this morning.

The Moran camp confirms they removed Alexander's name from the ads, an original version of which was to air with a tag in Hampton Roads that told voters that Alexander "urges you to vote for Brian Moran for Governor."

Alexander said he still supports Moran for govenor but asked that his name be taken off after he learned that the ad included profanity--it notes that McAuliffe once joked that Obama could "kiss my ass" (a line that came on the Daily Show, it should be noted.) But the delegate said, beyond the profanity, he also didn't want to be associated with the ad's negative tone.

"I just don't want to be associated with negative campaigning," he said.

Alexander said he believed the ad was being steered by "campaign handlers," who clearly thought it could help Moran's effort. And he said he understood that Moran's camp feels the ads are merely a response to McAuliffe's suggestions that his own work helped elect Obama. But, he said, "the way that they're communicating that, with the profanity and the tone, I felt was not the way you want to communicate that message."

He continued: "I don't think it works, but I think his campaign people feel that it works. My contention is that you show the positives and you show the number of African-Americans in the black caucus who have endorsed Brian and work with Brian on critical issues, on jobs, on health care, on public safety, on transportation."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 19, 2009; 5:00 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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When Mr. Alexander blames it on Moran's staff, he is saying that Moran is clueless about his campaign. Moran has never held a significant management or leadership position. Moran does not have the background or experience to lead Virginia.

That's not going to cut it over the next 4 years. We have serious economic problems in this country. The Obama administration can not solve these economic problems alone. We need a governor with proven leadership and management ability. Someone who has created thousands of jobs in the private sector. Someone who has a Business Plan for Virginia; the basis of which is good jobs with good benefits for all Virginians. Someone who knows our national leaders, has worked with them and knows how to work with them today; and starting on day one knows how to take the necessary steps to put Virginians back to work. That's Terry McAuliffe.

We can not waste time being distracted by Moran's (or his staff's) old school voter suppression shenanigans. If Moran has a real comprehensive jobs plan, produce it. A series of disconnected sound bites with no details and no strategy for implementation will not help suffering Virginians. As valid today as it was in the 90's, "It's the economy, stupid!"

Posted by: Willis3 | May 19, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

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