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Michael Ahrens - November 2, 2017

I flagged two late developments in the Virginia governor’s race last night, and there have been major developments on both.

1) After repeatedly bragging about his past opposition to a ban on sanctuary cities, Democrat Ralph Northam apparently changed his position in an interview, saying he would in fact support a ban on sanctuary cities. Now his liberal base is calling him “racist”…

2) And after suggesting he had nothing to do with the infamous child murderer ad, FOX 5 just ran a devastating segment exposing the financial ties between Northam’s own campaign and Latino Victory Fund. A $62,000 in-kind contribution for “media” made on October 31 shows that, by law, Northam gave the green light on the despicable ad that everyone – including the liberal Washington Post editorial board that endorsed him – wants him to unequivocally denounce.

Check out one of the most brutal local news packages I’ve seen on a candidate in a while…

Watch Here

TOM FITZGERALD: Well good evening, you know the Northam campaign has been loud in denouncing this ad and saying they had nothing to do with it, but it turns out now, a political watchdog group has uncovered finance records filed with the Virginia election board that shows a financial connection between the Northam campaign and the Latino Victory Fund. Here it is. This is the filing that was made on the Virginia site. It lists Northam for Governor - Latino Victory Fund for “media,” in the amount of $62,000. Now why is this important? Well, Phil Kerpen, who runs the American Commitment Program, which uncovered this, says it raises a lot of questions about whether or not the Northam campaign has been fully at risk to talk about what they know about this ad. He says this is an indication that there is a financial link between the Latino Victory Fund and the Northam campaign.

PHIL KERPEN: Well it’s pretty remarkable, because at the same time Ralph Northam was going out on TV saying I would never have run this ad, I had nothing to do with it, his campaign was filing an official legal document with the State Board of Elections indicating that the ad constituted an in-kind contribution to his campaign, which means by law that it was a coordinated communication. It was not an independent expenditure.

TOM FITZGERALD: Now we should tell you that Fox 5 again reached out to the Northam campaign about this. They wouldn’t make Ralph Northam or anyone else in the campaign available to us today to talk about this. They did respond to some questions from email today. They said they did not authorize this ad. They say they did not see it before it went viral. However, what about these filings? Well the campaign explains that groups which work in kind with the campaign for things like door to door canvassing or data have to make these kinds of filings; however, you talk to the group American Commitment, that first uncovered this, and they’ll say that explanation just doesn’t hold water. The reasoning is right there on the filing. It says media. It does not say data or canvassing.

PHIL KERPEN: I think it just shows the remarkable level of mendacity. I think what happened here is Ralph Northam wanted to have a totally over-the-top, outrageous attack on his opponent, but he wanted to be able to deny it after the fact.


TOM FITZGERALD: Well as you know, Fox 5 spoke with Ed Gillespie about this ad this week. He said it was despicable and makes his supporters look like murderers and racists. Ralph Northam himself will be in Northern Virginia tonight. He’s got a scheduled event later tonight in Alexandria, Virginia.

 

From: Michael Ahrens - Communications/Research
Sent: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 10:28 PM
To: Michael Ahrens - Communications/Research 
Subject: this is what a campaign meltdown looks like...

6 days out and – in the midst of brutal local news coverage – Democrat Ralph Northam is lying to Virginians about his involvement in the Latino Victory Fund ad. Northam twice refused to condemn it tonight on camera, but after being pressed, said that “it’s certainly not a commercial that I would have wanted to run.”  

But a brand new financial disclosure report tells a different story. By law, contributions that are reported as “in-kind donations” mean that the campaign coordinated with the outside group. How can Northam say it’s not an ad he “would have wanted to run” when, by law, he signed off on it? Here’s evidence of the more than $60,000 in coordinated money for “media” he received – showing Northam had to have given the spot the greenlight. 

WATCH: Democrat Ralph Northam Twice Declines To Condemn Controversial Ad He Approved

REPORTER: We asked Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, does he repudiate this ad?

RALPH NORTHAM: He has run a campaign of negativity, of divisiveness, these MS-13 ads, and it’s been offensive to a lot of communities in Virginia, and so these communities have responded, and that’s their right.

REPORTER: We pressed Northam to clarify more, why he isn’t distancing himself from the Latino Victory Fund ad.

NORTHAM: That commercial did not come from our campaign, and it’s certainly not a commercial that I would have wanted to run.

Northam’s campaign approved the ad in a desperate attempt to shore up base support, but now seems to hang his base out to dry in the same interview with an apparent change in policy on sanctuary cities.  

WATCH: 6 Days Out, Democrat Ralph Northam Abandons Base, Flip Flops On Sanctuary Cities

Fox: We asked Northam, if governor, will he sign a bill to ban sanctuary cities in Virginia?

Northam: If that bill comes to my desk, Andy, I sure will. I've always been opposed to sanctuary cities. He knows that.

 

Actually, Northam has repeatedly bragged about his tie-breaking vote against a bill that would’ve banned sanctuary cities in Virginia.

And speaking hours ago at a Northam rally with Sen. Cory Booker, State Sen. Barbara Favola called Republicans "evil" while the headliners looked on in tacit endorsement.

"My colleagues didn’t really tell you how dangerous it will be if the other side wins. They’re evil, we’re the good guys."

With only 6 days to the election, Northam’s campaign is in full meltdown mode. 

 

From: Michael Ahrens - Communications/Research
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 9:34 PM
To: Michael Ahrens - Communications/Research
Subject: RE: Dem ad calls VA voters racist child murderers

Ralph Northam had plenty of chances to distance himself from this disgusting attack, but instead chose to endorse it. That he's stood by it, particularly in light of today's horrific tragedy, shows he lacks the dignity we should expect from our leaders.

This evening, The Washington Post’s editorial board – days after endorsing him – writes that “Ralph Northam should repudiate this offensive anti-Gillespie ad”:

“The depiction of Gillespie voters as white supremacists looking to run down minority children is not only wrong, it is deeply offensive. Mr. Northam should say so.” (Editorial, “Ralph Northam should repudiate this offensive anti-Gillespie ad,” The Washington Post, 10/31/17)

From: Michael Ahrens - Communications/Research
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2017 2:26 PM
To: Michael Ahrens - Communications/Research
Subject: Dem ad calls VA voters racist child murderers

The Democrats’ closing argument is that Virginians not supporting their candidate are racist neo-Nazi sympathizers who want to chase down and murder minority children.

Not only is this ad disgusting, but it’s further evidence that Team Northam is in total panic mode a week out from Election Day. Northam’s own campaign just released a statement endorsing the vile attack.

Watch The Disgusting Ad Here

Real Clear Politics

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Townhall

Remind me which candidate whitewashed his African American ticket mate from his campaign mailers just last week? Oh right, Democrat Ralph Northam.

 

From: Michael Ahrens - Communications/Research
Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2017 3:24 PM
To: Michael Ahrens - Communications/Research 
Subject: RE: Desperate Times, White Nationalist Measures

This morning, The Charlottesville Daily Progress said Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam’s decision to “exploit [the Charlottesville tragedy] for political advantage is stomach-turning.”

“This one hits very close to home, because it politicizes the Charlottesville tragedy of Aug. 11-12. … We don’t need state candidates trying to use our pain to their political advantage.

… Mr. Gillespie did, however, denounce the white supremacists — before the rally ever took place.

‘Having a right to spew vile hate does not make it right,’ he said early on Aug. 12.  ‘… These displays have no place in our commonwealth and the mentality on display is rejected by the decent, thoughtful and compassionate fellow Virginians I see every day.’

... But to take the tragedy of Charlottesville and exploit it for political advantage is stomach-turning.

From: Michael Ahrens - Communications/Research
Sent: Friday, October 27, 2017 1:45 PM
To: Michael Ahrens - Communications/Research
Subject: Desperate Times, White Nationalist Measures

The momentum is with Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie as polls tighten in Virginia – a state that went for Hillary Clinton by over 5 points, where Republicans haven’t won statewide in 8 years.

And the Democrats’ desperation is on full display. CNN’s Brian Fallon just parroted the same offensive attack that Democratic candidate Ralph Northam is using in his last-minute campaign mailers. 

CNN contributor, Hillary Clinton spokesman

Here’s what voters are reading about it as Election Day quickly approaches:

Richmond Times-Dispatch: “[Virginia Democrats] have distributed a mailer of their own, seeking to tie Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie to the white nationalists who rampaged through Charlottesville in August. That isn’t merely a reach. It’s practically libel. Gillespie has repeatedly and passionately condemned white supremacists and other creatures that have crawled out from under the alt-right rock."

The Roanoke Times: “Gillespie himself has said and done exactly the right things here. Vote against Gillespie because of his views on tax policy, if you want, but don’t vote against him because of anything related to Charlottesville. He and Northam are on the same side here.” 

The Washington Post: “Gillespie has repeatedly condemned the white nationalists behind the Charlottesville protest.”

But despite the widespread criticism, Northam has doubled down on his unhinged attack. Virginians know the Democrats reek of irresponsible desperation, and voters won’t be rewarding them come Election Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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