NRA Airs Ad for McDonnell Featuring Bloomberg
The National Rifle Association is airing TV ads on behalf of Republican Bob McDonnell targeting New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- and the mob, too.
In the ad, a mobster explains to Virginia voters that it would be in their best interest not to vote for McDonnell if they "know what's good" for them.
"When Mayor Bloomberg got down here, your guy, Bob McDonnell, kicked him out of Virginia, and it was very disrespectful," the man says. "When you vote, I strongly suggest you forget about your freedoms and your Mr. Second Amendment Bob McDonnell."
"I haven't seen the ad; heard about it. I'll leave Virginia politics to Virginians and worry about the politics here," Bloomberg told the New York Times.
The McDonnell-Bloomberg feud has been going on for years. In 2007, Bloomberg sent armed private investigators with hidden cameras into Virginia gun stores to try to make illegal buys because he was convinced that such transactions in the state contributed to violent crime in his city. McDonnell ordered Bloomberg to stop and threatened to charge him and his agents with a felony if they continued to target Virginia gun dealers with undercover sting operations.
A group backed by Bloomberg launched a TV ad in the spring questioning McDonnell's opposition to closing a loophole in Virginia law that allows some private vendors at gun shows to make sales without background checks.
October 8, 2009; 11:32 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell
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