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DNC Facebook Ad Links McDonnell, Regent Policy

Christopher Dean Hopkins

DNC adThe Democratic National Committee is launching new ads on Facebook today that will be directed at women, students and supporters of Republican Bob McDonnell.

The ads target McDonnell on his alma mater Regent University, which has a non-discrimination policy that pledges equal opportunities for men and women, consistent with Biblical teachings that men are the head of households.

McDonnell served for eight years on the Board of Trustees at the Virginia Beach college founded by televangelist Pat Robertson. He received both a law and master's degree at the school in 1989. The DNC is trying to spread the word about the school's hiring practice here.

"McDonnell's support for this discriminatory policy can be directly traced to his belief articulated in his thesis that working women were 'detrimental to the family,' " DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan said. "We wanted to ensure that Virginians knew that, despite his denials, Bob McDonnell's radical social agenda not only would deny equal rights for Virginians, but would deny them jobs as well."

Two weeks ago, the DNC announced that it would donate another $1 million and other resources to Democrat Creigh Deeds -- bringing its total effort to more than $6 million. Republican National Committee officials say they are spending nearly $8 million on the Virginia race.

Since then, the DNC, chaired by Gov. Tim Kaine, has stepped its role with online ads, frequent press releases and conference calls with reporters. Much of its focus has been on McDonnell's 20-year-old Regent graduate school thesis, in which he writes of his opposition to working women, feminists and gay people.

Deeds did not directly mention the thesis at their debate Monday night in Richmond, but he did argue that McDonnell has supported discrimination more recently, including during his service on the Regent board.

"It is apparent that the DNC would rather continue their relentlessly negative campaign than talk about Creigh Deeds tax-hiking agenda,'' RNC spokeswoman Katie Wright said. "Virginia voters are smart enough to look past this smear campaign and support Bob McDonnell based on his 18 year record of delivering for families and his positive plans to move Virginia forward."

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 14, 2009; 12:43 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Notice no mention of the latest poll that has McDonnell up by 7. Now that the results don't fit the Post's meme of Deeds closing the gap, they're not worth mentioning. And now we can hear again from the editor why they don't post those results, even though they've mentioned and linked to them in prior posts.

Posted by: OldVirginian | October 14, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm no fan of McDonnell's, but the DNC has gone too far in attacking McDonnell's service at a private religious institution. Would they attack board members of Roman Catholic schools, a tradition that "discriminates" against women in hiring practices (ie, they cannot serve as priests)?

Religious organizations can reasonably conduct their business in a manner consistent with their faith. In attacking the HR policies of Regent University the DNC is attacking an expression of the Christian faith, a tactic that will only divide and alienate voters, and confirm to voters of faith that the Democrats don't get religion.

Posted by: chrisduckworth | October 14, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

More negative advertising. This is EVERYTHING that is wrong with politics and will likely sink Deeds in the end.

Posted by: SpotsySteve | October 14, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

You know, I've heard enough about negative advertising, negative comments..ENOUGH!!
It's not negative when it's the TRUTH!!

Posted by: shrad433 | October 14, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

You screwed up lefties, deal with it. That crooked slick talking skunk Terry McCauliffe would have been up by 10 right now if he had all the help the Compost has given Dirty Deeds..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 14, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

No no, WE'VE had enough. Enough creepy music, enough half truths and outright nontruths, enough non-issues-based discussion. Enough.

60% of Virginians agree with me, Deeds' campaign has been relentlessly negative and he increasingly looks like he's overmatched in a race he can't win and never should have been in, in the first place.

He may turn out some lib Dem votes, but that's it. Negative ads play less well in Virginia than any other state, and they are burying Deeds. Deservedly.

If he can't have a civil discussion of issues he shouldn't be in the race.

Posted by: SpotsySteve | October 14, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

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