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Meet Ed Gillespie


With Julian Walker of the Virginian Pilot reporting that “Republican activist Ed Gillespie is expected announce today he will run for Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat,” I thought it might be a good time for Virginians to start getting to know the guy. Here’s a good start, courtesy of my friend Josh Israel at ThinkProgress. In sum, Gillespie is a an outrageous hypocrite and flip-flopper (e.g., “Supported an individual health care mandate – then opposed it”) and crony capitalist/slimeball lobbyist who – as Israel puts it – has spent his career as an “insider fighting for tobacco, foie gras, Enron, and anti-LGBT discrimination.” Charming.

  • Alexandria, VA – “I am asking Virginians to rehire me to keep fighting for bipartisan, common sense solutions to create jobs, get our fiscal house in order, and ensure that all Virginians have a fair shot at economic opportunity. I am proud of my record of working across party lines to put Virginia and our nation first. Whether it is protecting our veterans and military families, putting forth a bold plan to fix our debt and deficit, or fighting for jobs in rural Virginia, I am committed to working tirelessly to help all Virginians. I look forward to putting my independent, bipartisan record up against whichever candidate the Republicans nominate at their convention in June.”

  • Matt Canter, Deputy Executive Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, issued the following statement on Ed Gillespie and the Virginia Senate race:

    “Ed Gillespie’s campaign is based on a false and dishonest premise – not surprising given Gillespie’s background as a Washington special interest lobbyist and ultra-partisan Washington spin doctor.  The truth is that Mark Warner is recognized by both Democrats and Republicans as a leader in the Senate in working across party lines to achieve common sense solutions, and Virginians won’t be fooled by the negative campaign of Gillespie and his special interest allies.

    “When Virginians get to know Ed Gillespie, they won’t like what they see.  He was Enron’s go-to guy in Washington, and the paid lobbyist for other special interests whose agenda was out of step with the interests of Virginians.  He is a hypocrite on health care reform who was a lead lobbyist for an individual mandate. He was the mouthpiece for the Bush Administration policies that turned a surplus into a deficit and left our economy in shambles.

    “The last thing Virginians need in Washington is a career lobbyist with a partisan history of slash-and-burn politics that divides Virginians.”

  • totallynext

    The Jack abramoff Cycle of corruption…

  • kindler

    We here at Blue Virginia volunteer to be your skycaps, to help you sort out ALL THAT BAGGAGE!

  • Dan Sullivan

    Just released this, making an interesting assumption that Gillespie has the nomination in the bag.

    Meet Ed Gillespie, a proud conservative who is the latest to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.  As the son of blue-collar immigrants and the first in his family to graduate from college, Ed has a first-hand understanding of the values, stories and struggles that have made our country great.

    Ed’s entrance into the Senate contest against Democratic Senator Mark Warner transforms Virginia from a safe Democrat seat into a competitive race.

    Ed’s work ethic and life experiences have uniquely prepared him to run an extremely strong Senate campaign.  Meanwhile, Senator Mark Warner has never explained to Virginians why he voted for Obamacare, or why he remains a reliable rubber-stamp for Obama’s failed agenda.

    Bottom line: Virginia has become a prime pick-up opportunity.

    We are excited to win this seat, but we need your help. Please make a contribution of $100, $50, $25 or whatever you can today.

    Our chances at taking the Senate majority this year are better than ever. But we cannot do it alone. Your contribution of $100, $50, $25 or whatever you can is critical to winning the Senate majority.


    John Cornyn

    Republican Whip

    U.S. Senate

    They must not know Virginia.