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Senator Dick Black: Surrogate for Ed Gillespie and Bashar Al-Assad


From the Democratic Party of Virginia:

Senator Dick Black: Surrogate for Ed Gillespie and Bashar Al-Assad

Ed Gillespie Knowingly Accepted Endorsement from Vocal Assad Promoter Senator Dick Black

Yesterday, Ed Gillespie’s campaign refused to sever ties with known Bashar Al-Assad supporter Dick Black.

What’s alarming though is that it has been known for years that Senator Black has been an aggressive Bashar Al-Assad promoter. Not only did Senator Black participate in an interview yesterday and write an op-ed defending Assad’s heinous attacks on civilians — but he has been aggressively supporting the war criminal for years:

In May 2014, Sen. Black sent a letter of praise to Assad, which thanked the Syrian army for their violent fighting and reprehensible acts in the midst of a three year civil war. It was reported that Assad posted Sen. Black’s letter on hisFacebook page, and in which he praised the dictator’s army as “heroic.”

In April 2016, Senator Black traveled to Syria to “support” Assad, and claimed that he would be “Syria’s voice.” He later tweeted that “If Assad Fails, ISIS will secure Syria and march on Europe.”

“Senator Black has put his recent time and energy into promoting the work of two men — Ed Gillespie and Bashar Al-Assad,” said DPVA spokeswoman Christina Freundlich. “It is alarming that Gillespie would accept Senator Black’s support, knowing that he has been defending the acts of a heinous war criminal like Assad for years.

“Once again, Ed Gillespie needs to immediately renounce Senator Black’s endorsement if he cares about protecting innocent lives in the midst of an inhumane civil war.”

  • TNoebel

    This is an opinion piece under the pretense of being news. And as usual, it’s all about fomenting fear rather than dealing with policy issues.

    Is this really the platform of the Democrat party?

    • False on almost all counts. First off, this is a press release from the Democratic Party of Virginia. Second, it’s factual – note all the links? Third, there’s no “pretense,” as it’s clearly stated where this press release is from – the Democratic Party of Virginia. Fourth, it’s not in any way about “fomenting fear,” but about letting the public know what a Virginia State Senator and a Republican candidate for governor are up to on a crucially important policy issue – our relationship with Syria and its war criminal dictator Bashar al-Assad.

      • TNoebel

        This all hides behind semantics (“refused to sever ties” – yet what are those ties, beyond the endorsement?), and is bereft of any policy focus. The piece is intended to paint Gillespie as supporting Assad simply because someone that endorses him may support Assad.

        Just what is Gillespie “up to”? Oddly, there is NOTHING in this piece that speaks to that topic. Plenty of innuendo with a glaring lack of specifics. That is fomenting fear.

        So again, where are the policy issues?

  • VoterMatt

    I don’t recall Black ever making a speech for Gillespie so to call him a surrogate is some creative writing for sure! Gillespie has endorsements from thousands of GOP and to claim he’s responsible for every opinion they share is absurd.