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Moran camp calls McAuliffe fundraiser “offensive”

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Left leaning blogs have been buzzing about it for days, but this morning Terry McAuliffe‘s decision to hold a fundraiser at a Republican consulting group officially became a campaign issue.  The campaign for his opponent, Brian Moran put out a statement hammering the move and called it “offensive” .

McAuliffe was feted by the prestigious GOP firm BGR which is run was founded by Republican insider Ed Rogers and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. Politico is reporting that McAuliffe and Rogers became friends after meeting in green room after green room before appearing as talking heads on cable news shows.

A number of lefty blogs started voicing their opposition to the move and the wave seems to be enough for the Moran camp to issue a statement. It came from campaign manager Ed Roos who wrote:

“It’s offensive to see Terry McAuliffe raising money with the likes of Republican operative and lobbyist Ed Rogers. Rogers joined Rush Limbaugh and others in raising racially and religiously charged attacks against then Senator Obama.  It’s sad that in the same week Terry McAuliffe aired a radio ad claiming credit for helping to elect Barack Obama, he’s holding a fundraiser with someone who did everything he could to defeat him. We need people who stand up to partner with President Obama in the White House not people who condone these kinds of Rove-style attacks.”

I have a request in to the McAuliffe campaign for a response to the Moran camp charge. I will update you if I get one.

The entire Moran statement is after the jump:

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Moran Campaign Finds McAuliffe Fundraiser with Anti-Obama Operatives “Offensive”

ALEXANDRIA – Virginians for Brian Moran made the following statement about last night’s fundraiser for CEO Terry McAuliffe, hosted by Republican operative Ed Rogers at the lobbying firm he shares with Haley Barbour, Vice-Chair of the Republican Governors Association. Rogers has worked to defeat scores of Democrats nationwide, including President Barack Obama last year.

The Politico reported on the fundraiser yesterday afternoon:

Moran Campaign Manager Andrew Roos said:

“It’s offensive to see Terry McAuliffe raising money with the likes of Republican operative and lobbyist Ed Rogers. Rogers joined Rush Limbaugh and others in raising racially and religiously charged attacks against then Senator Obama. It’s sad that in the same week Terry McAuliffe aired a radio ad claiming credit for helping to elect Barack Obama, he’s holding a fundraiser with someone who did everything he could to defeat him. We need people who stand up to partner with President Obama in the White House not people who condone these kinds of Rove-style attacks.”

Ed Rogers attacks Barack Obama while debating Democratic strategist Joe Trippi.

In a debate with The Nation’s Ari Melber, Republican Ed Rogers defends false and bigoted GOP attacks on Obama.

Written by Ryan Nobles

March 25, 2009 at 4:31 pm

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  1. […] his governor’s bid; and it’s apparently really, really, really annoying rival Democrat Brian Moran. McAuliffe’s responding here; it promises to be quite the little knife-fight. Not that […]

  2. […] his governor’s bid; and it’s apparently really, really, really annoying rival Democrat Brian Moran. McAuliffe’s responding here; it promises to be quite the little knife-fight. Not that […]

  3. […] to deflect criticism from rival Brian Moran by using the fracas to raise money. Moran’s camp recently called a fundraiser organized by GOP strategist Ed Rogers “offensive”.  McAuliffe’s […]

  4. […] race. The lobbying firm that he founded and is now run by his close associate Ed Rodgers hosted a fundraiser for Terry McAuliffe this winter gave the Macker’s democratic primary opponents plenty of […]


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