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Bolling Airs Wagner Attack Ad

Anita Kumar

Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling began a new statewide TV ad today -- and his first one attacking his Democratic opponent, Jody Wagner.

What's the attack? Taxes, taxes, taxes. We saw that one coming.

Bolling accuses Wagner, the former state treasurer and secretary of finance, of supporting "every major tax increase proposed over the last eight years."

"During a time of record unemployment and significant economic decline, Virginians should be very concerned about Jody Wagner's consistent support of job-killing tax increases," said Matt Wells, Bolling campaign manager.

"Bolling and his campaign once again proved they just do not understand the state's finances if their chosen line of attack is to degrade Jody Wagner's fiscal record -- a record that includes balanced budgets, the two largest investments in education in Virginia history, two 'Best Managed State' awards, eight 'Best State for Business' awards, and maintaining our AAA credit rating," said Elisabeth Pearson, Wagner campaign manager.

By Anita Kumar  |  October 6, 2009; 10:42 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Campaign Ads , Election 2009 , Jody Wagner  
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Wait a minute... Mark Warner's job KILLING tax increases? Don't they mean Mark Warner's job CREATION policies?

If the RPV is still convinced that Mark Warner's tax restructuring was a failure, tell that to the 8 Republicans who supported it in the legislature who have endorsed Deeds, tell that to the 75% of Virginians who approved of Warner when he left office, hell, tell it to SENATOR Mark Warner. I somehow doubt any of them will care...

If what they're trying to say here is that Bob McDonnell will be a Jim-Gilmore style tax-cutting Governor. Well... God help us all.

Between Mark-Warner style Creigh Deeds and Jim-Gilmore style Bob McDonnell, I'll take Creigh thank you.

Posted by: antoniomelias | October 6, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Bolling is right. Wagner/Deeds/Shannon will bankrupt the Commonwealth just like Obama is bankrupting the nation.

Posted by: AnotherConcernedCitizen | October 6, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I love it. These goons still think Virginia is going to respond to the anti-tax brigade's "the sky is falling" alarm bells!

Sorry gang, we remember the Gilmore "No Car Tax" charade, and where that ethos got us.

However, I would actually like for you to keep pummeling on taxes for the remainder of the campaign. Please keep doing it.

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 6, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I actually think Jody Wagner and her campaign staff have run one of the best campaigns this cycle. I am excited to see if her campaign, along with Steve Shannon's, both of whom seem to be doing much better than previous Democratic Lt Gov & Atty Gen campaigns, breaks out of the underdog status to win.

I actually think a win in those two races may be more plausible than the top---I know polling doesn't necessarily back that up, but since when has polling in the down-ticket statewides been very determinative?

Posted by: DouginMountVernon | October 6, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone notice that Wagner never refuted the charge that she would raise taxes? Just saying...

Posted by: GMoe | October 6, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

This atttack is ridiculous. The state Treasurer can't raise taxes, and neither can the Secretary of Finance. Only the LEGISLATURE can pass those bills. As a member of the legislature and as the President of the Senate (as LG), Bill Bolling has more responsibility for these tax increases than Wagner does! I wish Republicans didn't think that voters are dumb enough to fall for this stuff; it's really patronizing. As a voter, I'm offended by Bolling's shoddy tactics.

Posted by: ashleep | October 7, 2009 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Wagner won't refute any of these charges because she knows they are 100% true. She has been a disaster financially whether you want to admit it or not. Wagner needs to find a new career path away from taxpayer dollars.

Posted by: GoNOVA | October 7, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

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