A new round of attack ads are being lobbed in Virginia’s heated off year election.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is dropping more than one million dollars in support of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. The first ad shows images of the Virginia Tech and Navy Yard shooters as the announcer lambasts the Republican candidate’s positions on guns.
The National Rifle Association is up with its own ad supporting Republican state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain in Virginia’s race for attorney general. It attacks Democratic state senator Mark R. Herring.
Based on the latest Quinnipiac Poll, if the election for Virginia Governor were held today, Democrat Terry McAuliffe would beat Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli by a significant margin.
The spread itself isn't different from the last Quinnipiac poll. But the survey contained the revelation that if most supporters of Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis changed their minds, the shift would not fall in Cuccinelli's favor.
There are ongoing concerns about the financial health of the Virginia Retirement System and plenty of speculation about who’ll be in control of the state senate a few months from now. Those stories have been among the most clicked this past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at VPAP.org .
Virginia lawmakers split their votes last evening on the deal to open the government and avoid a potential default.
Even in the face of a potential default, Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith says he just couldn’t support the compromise.
“I campaigned on not voting to raise the debt ceiling unless there were some significant changes in the law that would help the United States of America, and particularly the 9th District of Virginia.”
But Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says the gridlock on display the last couple weeks will have a lasting impact.
His term as Virginia’s chief executive is in its final stretch, but Governor McDonnell has rolled out a full plate of initiatives and budget actions he’ll propose before he leaves office. He’ll announce more details on each soon. The Governor’s so-called “Sprint to the Finish” is a blueprint for his final 100 days in office.
McDonnell plans to step up efforts to restore felons’ rights.