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Moran To Go On TV

Anita Kumar

For those of you wondering (like us) when Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Brian Moran would start airing TV ads, you finally have your answer.

His campaign has bought air time starting this week in Norfolk and Richmond, according to several sources familiar with the purchase. But the buy is substantially smaller than what his rivals have bought in those markets.

Moran has been spending money quickly and had the least money in the bank as of the reporting period. It shows. He is the last to go on the air.

Terry McAuliffe has been on and off TV since January. R. Creigh Deeds has been up for two weeks. Even Republican Robert F. McDonnell, who faces no opposition for his party's nomination, went on air last week across the state and in pricey Northern Virginia.

Moran also began airing a new radio ad and sent out his first campaign mailer this weekend.

The 60-second radio ad, "Turn the Page" criticizes McAuliffe for working against then presidential candidate Barack Obama. "The fact is, if Terry McAuliffe had his way, Barack Obama wouldn't be our president today,'' the narrator says.

The ad is airing on urban radio stations in Richmond and Hampton Roads.

"Negative attacks like this one are nothing new from Brian Moran, who continues to run false and misleading ads,'' McAuliffe spokeswoman Lis Smith said. "The fact is that Terry fought tirelessly after the presidential primaries to get Barack Obama elected."

Moran's brochure features several photos of Moran with Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and U.S. Sens. James Webb and Mark R. Warner and continues with his theme as a fighter.

"As our next governor, Brian will do what he's always done. Fight and win for the people of Virginia."

By Anita Kumar  |  May 17, 2009; 10:00 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe  
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Well I was at Terry McAuliffe's "Unity Event" at the Local 16 in Washington DC in July last year to bring together Hillary supporters to the Obama campaign. Let me give you my first-hand impression: it was all about Terry. He was campaigning DAY ONE after Hillary's concession. Here was my reaction as a life-long Virginian to his self-serving pitch for himself: over my dead body.

I am a Brian Moran supporter. Do we have money? Not so much. How do I spend my weekends? Knocking on doors talking about my candidate in my own neighborhood - just like I did for Barack Obama.

Brian does not have the reach, the clout, the money or the national recognition of Terry McAuliffe. Is that an issue? Not for me. And I will continue to campaign for Brian Moran until the polls close at 7 pm on June 9th. I've lived in this state for close to 50 years, my family has been here for close to 300 years. I've never been as committed to a Virginia candidate as I am to Brian Moran. He is the best candidate for Virginia as Governor and I will work every day to make certain that other Virginians know that.

Posted by: csread | May 17, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if i support him or not

Posted by: roverfind | May 18, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Here goes the Moran campaign again. Since Moran apparently has no plan for moving Virginia forward, he attacks the other two candidates with lies and distortions. Terry McAuliffe is a great Democrat. He chose to work for Ms. Clinton in the primary. When she conceded, he immediately began working tirelessly for now President Obama.

Moran needs to figure out how smart dedicated Democrats best serve our great county and State. Case in point, during the election both Ms. Clinton and Terry McAuliffe worked tirelessly for President Obama's election. President Obama offers us an example of what it means to place the interest of the county first. He asked a superbly qualified person to be his Secretary of State.

Terry McAuliffe will surely ask Brian Moran to help move Virginia forward when Terry McAuliffe becomes governor.

Posted by: Willis3 | May 18, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Terry McAuliffe is not becoming Governor at all. No Way. No How. That is not going to happen.

The record of what Brian Moran has done in Virginia should make Terry McAuliffe shrink in comparison for any voter.

Posted by: SPMET | May 18, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Where was Moran BEFORE the Democratic presidential nominee was decided? Nowhere to be found. Let's be real. It's easy to throw stones from the sidelines but he was not found in the game AT ALL until Obama became the clear frontrunner and nominee. It is absurd to say otherwise. Check the facts. Moran as governor? Ha. He and his older brother both need to be removed. I hear there are good vacation spots in Massachusetts this time of year. They should go back to their home.

Posted by: YoungDem77 | May 18, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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