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Moran Airs Negative Ad

Anita Kumar

Brian Moran will begin airing his first television ad tonight during a broadcast of today's primary debate between the three Democratic candidates for governor. And no surprise Moran went negative.

Moran's ad hits hard at rival Terry McAuliffe's claims that he would bring a successful businessman background to the governor's mansion. Moran signaled that this would be a central theme for the closing days of the campaign: McAuliffe is not what he says he is. The ad will air in Hampton Roads and Richmond.

McAuliffe immediately released a response ad in which he says ''false attacks won't create new jobs."

By Anita Kumar  |  May 19, 2009; 6:49 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Okay, so Terry's response was that he saved a bank (when was it, about 20 years ago) and that's why we should vote for him? I sat through the debate today and watched as he responded to practically every issue with advice that the listeners read his 130 page plan and kept repeating his "jobs" mantra. Still pretty short on detail. In response to Creigh Deeds' pointed question of just how he was going to accomplish all his promises he replied that Virginians need a governor who will "shoot for the moon." No, Terry, Virginians need a governor who actually understands how the political system works and isn't using his short four years to learn on the job.

I heard Terry repeat his claim that he caused 1300 homes to be built in Florida, although the Post said the number is closer to 800. The FACT is that Terry has never created a job in Virginia and he grew wealthy on investment partnerships. This may make him an astute financial player, but it doesn't make him a jobs creator.

Terry McAuliffe's biggest problem is his penchant for promising the sun, moon, and stars to his listeners. He's selling himself, but I find him lacking. He has no record in elective office and exaggerates, even sometimes misrepresents, his business background. Virginia needs someone in office who understands the system and how it works, not some guy who'll promise everything without ever having been involved in Virginia politics.

Posted by: Lawlady584 | May 19, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why the term "negative" keeps being applied to the tactic of calling out inconsistencies, misrepresentations and exaggerations in another candidate's statements. That's not negative. It putting before the voting public considerations central to choosing the most qualified candidate to do this very important job of leading for the next 4 years.

Is McAuliffe a leader? It's great to say you've got business experience, but the General Assembly is not a boardroom. And you don't get to fire people you can't work with and replace them with your own picks. Deeds and Moran have both worked with the majority of delegates and Senators who will decide what will or will not happen in the next 4 years. Pie in the sky, "shoot for the moon" rhetoric isn't going to make change happen. Crafting realistic initiatives, building coalitions in the House and Senate, and working on long standing relationships with legislators in Richmond will be what moves this Commonwealth forward. And I don't think McAuliffe can deliver that - because his candidacy will make it that much easier for McDonnell to win in the general election.

Posted by: csread | May 19, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

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