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Updated: McDonnell up on black radio

Anita Kumar

Republican Bob McDonnell will start airing a radio ad today mentioning three prominent African American leaders -- President Obama, former Virginia governor Doug Wilder and businesswoman Sheila Johnson -- as he tries to cut into the usually Democratic black vote.

All three African Americans in the ad are Democrats, and only Johnson has endorsed him.

The ad mentions that McDonnell, worked as attorney general with Wilder to reduce gang violence, holds the same views with Obama on charter schools and is supported by Johnson, wealthy co-founded of Black Entertainment Television.

"Bob McDonnell is a bipartisan leader who gets results,'' Johnson says in the ad. "That's the kind of governor we need. And that's why this Democrat strongly supports Bob McDonnell.''

The positive 60-second ad is airing on African American stations in Hampton Roads.

Listen to the ad here:

Update: Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) and Del. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) responded to McDonnell's ad with a joint statement: "This ad is blatantly misleading and a shameful attempt to dupe people into thinking Bob McDonnell supports the President. It would be laughable if it weren't clear that he was trying to lure voters into thinking he would be a partner and friend to our President and a good steward of Virginia's future. When Creigh Deeds stood with Mark Warner and Tim Kaine to make record investments in education, Bob McDonnell voted no. His education policies would rob much needed funding from Virginia classrooms and leave children with fewer books and teachers. His election would erode nearly a decade of progress here in Virginia."

By Anita Kumar  |  October 22, 2009; 11:18 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell  
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"only Johnson has endorsed him."

This is completely misleading. As Josh Marshall has noted (but you refuse to), earlier this week Wilder said publicly that he would be fine with McDonnell as governor. Yes, it stops short of an actual endorsement, but it comes pretty close. The idea that you would entirely withhold these remarks from your readers is frankly deceptive.

Posted by: tomtildrum | October 22, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Don't be silly, tomtildrum. Wilder's original "non endorsement" of both candidates already said the same thing in writing, as was widely reported. He thought they were both fine but wouldn't be endorsing either.

I'd say you making a mountain out of a mole hill, but this isn't even a mole hill.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | October 22, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Awesome! Thank you RPV!

Look, if Deeds is going to lose, this is great. For every African American voter they get out in Hampton Roads for Bob McDonnell that's a vote for Robin Abbott, Joe Bouchard, Bobby Mathieson, etc - and one vote closer to a Democratic majority in the House of Delegates!

Posted by: antoniomelias | October 22, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

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