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Updated: U.S. Chamber airs ads in governor's race

Anita Kumar

Have you heard or seen the radio or TV ads being paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the Virginia governor's race?

They've been airing since last week in Northern Virginia and will be up through Election Day. The topic is transportation.

But the chamber, which has not endorsed Democrat Creigh Deeds or Republican Bob McDonnell, refuses to share the ad, script or message with us.

It's an odd strategy -- considering that the ads are already on the air in the state. What is the nation's largest business group trying to hide?

In addition, the chamber is airing TV ads across the state on the so-called card check legislation that would remove the secret ballot from union elections. They won't give us any information on that one either, but we know where chamber officials stands on that issue: They oppose the bill.

McDonnell has repeatedly tried to pressure Deeds to talk about controversial issues, and accused him of supporting the card check bill. I guess we know whose side the chamber is on.

Have you heard or seen the ads? Let us know below.

By Anita Kumar  |  October 19, 2009; 4:47 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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I saw the ad, it starts of praising Bob McDonnell on transportation, specifically saying he'll widen 66 inside the Beltway and the 'ol "metrorail to Dulles" joke (Metrorail to Dulles is already the accomplishment of several Dem. and R. politicians past, the next Governor has little to nothing to do with it - it's already happening!)

The ad proceeds to say some nasty stuff about Creigh Deeds, either that he'll raise taxes or doesn't have a plan. Or maybe even both - he doesn't have a plan and his plan is to raise taxes...

I fully expected to see "paid for and authorized by Bob McDonnell" at the end, but Chamber of Commerce was no big surprise. I am surprised to read that it "has not endorsed"...

Posted by: antoniomelias | October 19, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"They've began airing since last week..."



"...refuses to share the ad's script or message with us."

How could they refuse to share the ad's script or message? I'll bet it's in the ad.

Perhaps you could watch the ad, or perhaps your time would be better spent studying English grammar.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | October 19, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Let's see if you delete my comments again.

"They've began airing since last week ..."

Do you have grammar check? Do you speak English as a primary language?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | October 19, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

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