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Updated: RGA Launches Attack Ads

Anita Kumar

Bob McDonnell goes negative. Sort of. The Republican Governors Association is doing it for him.

The RGA's political action committee, Virginia Common Sense, launched TV and radio ads across the state (except pricey Northern Virginia) that criticize Democrat Creigh Deeds for supposedly supporting big government spending.

The ads feature footage from remarks Deeds made to a crowd in Lexington April 4 when he said: "In Richmond we don't have earmarks, we have budget amendments. And I had the most budget amendments in 2008 of all."

The radio ad is similiar but tries to tie Deeds into Washington spending.

"Creigh Deeds is out of touch with Virginia," RGA spokesman Mike Schrimpf said. "While Virginians are making the tough choices needed to make ends meet and balance their family budgets, Creigh Deeds is bragging about being the biggest spender in Richmond."

Deeds spokesman Jared Leopold said the ad is referring to budget amendments Deeds introduced in 2008, which include $800 million to raise teacher salaries to the national average.

"It's no surprise that Bob McDonnell would attack Creigh Deeds for trying to raise teacher salaries, since McDonnell repeatedly voted against Virginia's public schools,'' Leopold said. "This ad is just another attempt to deflect attention from Bob McDonnell's support for George W. Bush's economic policies."

By Anita Kumar  |  August 26, 2009; 2:05 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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