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McDonnell Fights Back with TV Ads

Anita Kumar

It seems like Bob McDonnell is being attacked almost daily these days. Now, the Republican nominee for governor has decided to fight back.

McDonnell will begin airing TV ads Monday. His campaign has bought air time for one week in Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Charlottesville and Tri-Cities, according to several sources familiar with the purchase.

McDonnell declined to comment today.

McDonnell's lack of opposition was supposed to leave him the spring and summer to raise money, organize his campaign and develop a message.

Instead, state and national Democrats, and even some Republicans, have been blasting him on a variety of issues including abortion rights, gun control, federal stimulus money and his close ties to religious broadcaster Pat Robertson.

Common Sense Virginia, group that formed with money from the Democratic Governors Association, is leading the way with more than half a million dollars in TV ads airing around the state, including Northern Virginia.

"In his new ad, will Bob McDonnell apologize for denying unemployed Virginians the help they need?'' asked Yoni Cohen, a spokesman for Common Sense Virginia. "Or will he attempt to distract voters from his decision to send Virginia's tax dollars to other states?

By Anita Kumar  |  May 7, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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the good news about these baseless attacks from the left is that they don't seem to be sticking!

Posted by: steveincville | May 7, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Subject: The incompetence, dishonesty, and penchant for political self-destruction of the extreme right, pseudo conservatives are on full display this morning and, once again, never cease to amaze!

Oh! What a glorious morning! The bright light of truth has once again exposed the Lies of the Right!

Finally, a group of reporters has shown the courage to cut through all of the political spin (lies) and report the truth. It has been a long time since I have felt this good about a newspaper article/opinion. Check out:

I don’t think Bob McDonnell or his uninformed supporters will appreciate my excitement and amusement!!!

But, I do want to see Bob McDonnell as the Republican candidate for Governor in November!

Have a Nice Day!

Posted by: SamBear | May 8, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Now its closer to a million dumped into the state to attack Bob McDonnell. Clearly a policy shaped by our own Governor turned full-time DNC Chair. Kaine needs to step down and stop pretending he has Virginia's interest first as a Governor should.

Posted by: DaveCheney | May 8, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Looks like Bob got scared into going up on the air. And I was afraid he'd be able to hoard his money until the Dem primary is over!

Posted by: amy130 | May 8, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

With McAuliffe and his cronies, there is no depth that this campaign can go. Maybe Tim Kaine will put run a billboard contest and put of billboards against McDonnell. Tim Kaine is an idiot and a puppet of the national Democrats.

Posted by: hz9604 | May 9, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

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