DNC Facebook Ad Links McDonnell, Regent Policy
The 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."
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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