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McAuliffe responds to Moran charge

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Terry McAuliffe‘s campaign has responded to his opponent’s charge that his recent fundraiser hosted by a DC consulting firm is “offensive”. McAuliffe campaign press secretary Lis Smith described the BGR group as a “bipartisan” firm and includes associates that have worked on a number of democratic campaigns including Hillary Clinton‘s. She said that McAuliffe needs all the resources he can to compete against Bob McDonnell in the fall.

Here is the statement:
“The Republican Party isn’t being shy about the resources they are going to put into this race. The McDonnell campaign just recently said that they would “break every fundraising record in Virginia.”

“Terry knows that the race for governor is going to be very competitive, which is why he is working hard to ensure that he has the resources he needs to build a large grassroots campaign. His ability to work with individuals of both parties, including those at the bipartisan BGR Group, is one of the strengths he brings to this campaign, and it is a skill that will serve him well in the governor’s office.

“With all of their concern about associating with people who attack Democrats, only one campaign in this race is actively attacking other Democrats. And it’s not Terry McAuliffe. He’s going to stay focused on how to create jobs in Virginia.”

It has also been pointed out to me that Haley Barbour has divested his interest in the BGR group. Barbour is a frequent target of liberal critics and happens to be the vice-chair of the Republican Governor’s Association, which certainly has an interest in seeing Bob McDonnell win come November.

Written by Ryan Nobles

March 25, 2009 at 5:44 pm

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  1. […] apparently really, really, really annoying rival Democrat Brian Moran. McAuliffe’s responding here; it promises to be quite the little knife-fight. Not that I’d suggest that this was the […]

  2. […] apparently really, really, really annoying rival Democrat Brian Moran. McAuliffe’s responding here; it promises to be quite the little knife-fight. Not that I’d suggest that this was the […]

  3. I’m sorry that Brian Moran feels he needs to snipe at McAuliffe on a regular basis. This has turned his campaign into a very negative and unpleasant operation to keep the real focus off the ideas and positions of the candidates. Personally, I’d much rather hear what each has to offer us and how they can lead the state than to hear Moran whining over a fund raiser.

    Claire

    March 25, 2009 at 11:21 pm

  4. From my perspective, McAuliff is simply a professional politician who lacks any real interest in or knowledge of the needs of the majority of Virginia’s citizenry. He simply want the Governorship as a stepping stone to higher, national office. It would be highly desirable if it were posssible to remove all out-of-state money and fundraising from the campaigns of candidates for Virginia public office – regardless of which party they represent. Let Virginians determine their own leadership without interference from outsiders.

    Robert

    March 26, 2009 at 8:28 pm

  5. […] by GOP strategist Ed Rogers “offensive”.  McAuliffe’s staff was quick to defend him, saying the consulting operation that ran the event was “bi-partisan” and an example of […]


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