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Video: Ed Gillespie Holding Event with Anti-Abortion Extremist, Machine Gun Fan Who “Relies on Dark Money”


Yep, Ed Gillespie is holding a free “GOTV” event (kinda weird, given that the election is over a month away) with the governor of Missouri — check out the invite below. So why should we care? Well, first of all, in the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre, it’s worth noting that this guy – Eric Greitens – is a huge gun enthusiast. Check out the video, below, of him happily firing what appears to be a machine gun.

Also check out Editorial: Gov. Eric Greitens sets up expensive legal showdown over new abortion law (“Greitens signed the legislation after the second special session he called this summer specifically to restrict access to abortion. The law requires that doctors explain the risks of abortion to women 72 hours before performing the procedure. It poses particular hardship on low-income women who must travel long distances and find lodging during that time.”) and What Sly James, Eric Greitens and Donald Trump have in common (“Across the aisle and at the state level, another public official doing a very serviceable imitation of an aspiring autocrat is Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who ran on ethics reform but relies on dark money. Just last week, he wrote another “thank you” to a funder, the St. Louis pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts, by naming a company vice president to the University of Missouri Board of Curators. In July, he awarded the company a no-bid contract to fight opioid addiction”)

As Gillespie endorser George Allen once famously said, “You can tell a lot about people by the folks they stand with.” You sure can, George. You sure can.

  • On a related note…good stuff from Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria/Arlington)

    In the 2018 session, I will introduce legislation to ban the sale or possession in Virginia of mechanisms used to convert semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons.

    These would include “bump stocks,” bump-fire or slide-fire modifications, as well as attachable cranks and any other device or mechanism which allows gun fire to occur at a faster rate than a finger can pull a trigger.

    To read more about these mechanisms, which are legally sold in the USA today, see the article below.

    I’d like to do more. Much more. But this should be the very least we can do.

    I know all my fellow Democrats in the House of Delegates will support this legislation, but I ask Republicans to join this effort as well.

    Ask your candidates for Virginia office whether they support giving everyone the right, without any background check, to legally obtain weapons that can be converted into automatic weapons (machine guns). If so — or if they won’t answer the question — you should vote them out of office on Tuesday, November 7.

    Does your delegate think it should be really easy for lunatics and terrorists to commit mass murder? If so — or if they won’t answer the question — you should vote them out of office on Tuesday, November 7.

    [Even Marc Thiessen, a conservative pundit, in the midst of his angry attack on Democrats for speaking about gun-safety legislation in the wake of the Las Vegas Massacre, agrees with this legislation, writing:

    “We have since learned, for example, that the Las Vegas shooter may have used a “bump stock” to circumvent the 1986 near-ban on automatic weapons and turn a regular rifle into a machine gun. Instead of (illegally) converting weapons to fire multiple rounds with a single pull on the trigger, bump stocks use the gun’s recoil to repeatedly “bump” the weapon back into the shooter’s trigger finger, creating an automatic effect. We ought to be able to find bipartisan agreement on banning such devices.”

    So that’s one Republican. Any takers in the Virginia General Assembly? Or running for statewide office? If not, why not?]


  • Need any more motivation to vote for Northam/Fairfax/Herring on 11/7? It’s Spicey time! LOL


  • Perseus1986

    The VA Republican party is at a crossroads. If it keeps with sticking with hard right-wing platforms, they will be irrelevant in a decade. A good lesson could come from the California republican party, that adopted a hard line on immigration in the mid-90’s. Prior to the 90’s CA was a swing/red state with two of its most famous political sons being Nixon and Reagan. After the backlash to Prop. 187, Democrats have dominated all of state-wide positions (the Governator excluded), which was shown when their firehouse primary system produced a runoff between two Democrats for Senate last year.

    With demographics and voting trends pushing VA ever bluer in the current setting, Republicans would do well to moderate their platforms, focussing on fiscal stewardship (not just tacking a hacksaw to all government spending) and other positions that would actually attract voters outside of their base. New England Republicans have somewhat successfully maintained their own identity independent of the national party. MA, VT, NH and ME all have Republican governors, with VT and NH having them despite voting for Hillary in the last election, and Charlie Baker is quite popular and a favorite for reelection despite the extreme unpopularity of the Commander in Chief in Massachusetts. Will VA republicans take heed, or will they continue with their “culture wars” until their only voters consist of clones of the Michael Douglas character in “Falling Down.”

  • DPVA picks up on this; truly appalling by Ed Gillespie just four days after the gun massacre in Las Vegas.

    Just Four Days After Las Vegas Tragedy, NRA-Backed Ed Gillespie Campaign With Embattled Gun-Loving Missouri Gov. Greitens

    <Greitens is a Poster Boy for Machine Guns

    In a new low, this morning Ed Gillespie will campaign with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens — who infamously aired TV spots of him shooting a machine gun while discussing Democrats. The timing of the campaign appearance — which comes just four days after the shooting in Las Vegas — is not just insensitive, it demonstrates just how eager Gillespie’s flagging campaign is to please his gun lobby donors — even after the biggest mass shooting in American history.

    The NRA is expected to spend $750,000 on TV ads supporting Gillespie.

    Stills from Greitens’ campaign ads.

    The connections between Greitens and Gillespie don’t stop with their allegiance to the gun lobby. Indeed the similarities between the two are striking. Last year, for example The Kansas City Star called Greitens “an ideological weather vane spouting fortune-cookie talking points” while the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Jeff Schapiro has described Gillespie as “a professional talker” who “gets away now with diaphanous platitudes.”

    Both men will literally say or do anything to win – and have a history of scandal to prove it. Gillespie has been under fire for weeks for his work for predatory student loan companies and corporations that laid off Virginia workers — and most damningly for his work as a lobbyist for Enron. Although he has a much shorter record in public life, Greitens has managed to rack up his fair share of ethics violations — despite styling himself (like Gillespie) as a champion for ethics reform. Greitens illegally stole a donor list from his veterans charity to raise millions for his campaign. For those violations, the Missouri Ethics Commission stuck Greitens with a $1,000 fine earlier this year.

    “It is disgusting that just four days after the Las Vegas tragedy, Ed Gillespie is campaigning with Eric Greitens — the poster boy for machine guns,” said DPVA spokesperson Kevin Donohoe. “Both Ed Gillespie and Eric Greitens have well-deserved reputations as scandal-plagued snake oil salesmen whose opportunism and cynicism knows no limits. Despite being in office for just a few months, Greitens has already been with filled with scandal, incompetence and mismanagement — a chilling preview of a potential Gillespie administration.”


    WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to introduce the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act, a bill to close a loophole that allows semi-automatic weapons to be easily modified to fire at the rate of automatic weapons, the sale of which have been significantly curtailed and strictly regulated for more than 30 years. This bill would ban the sale, transfer, importation, manufacture or possession of bump stocks, trigger cranks, and similar accessories that accelerate a semi-automatic rifle’s rate of fire.

    “Fully automatic machine guns have been strictly regulated since 1986 under President Reagan. This bill will fix an egregious loophole that was exploited by the Las Vegas shooter to cause unspeakable mayhem, killing dozens and injuring hundreds of innocent civilians,” said Sen. Warner. “This measure sends the message that we can honor and respect the second amendment while also ensuring people don’t skirt our laws to turn legally obtained firearms into weapons of war.”

    “We continue to suffer horrific mass shootings like the one we saw in Las Vegas this week — in Virginia we know the unbearable pain they cause — but Congress has remained unwilling to do anything to help stop them from happening again and again,” Kaine said. “This bill would help curb deadly gun violence by closing a dangerous loophole that allows someone to make a semi-automatic weapon even more dangerous. We need to take long overdue action on gun safety and quickly pass this bill that can save lives.”

    Under the National Firearms Act, the sale, manufacture, and transfer of automatic weapons are illegal. However, bump stocks, slide fire devices and other similar accessories are able to be attached to semi-automatic weapons, allowing them to reach fully-automatic rates of fire. Semi-automatic rifles typically have a rate of fire between 45 and 60 rounds per minute. A bump stock, or other similar device increases the semi-automatic rifle’s rate of fire between 400 and 800 rounds per minute.
    The bill also makes clear that its intent is to target only those accessories that increase a semi-automatic rifle’s rate of fire. Legitimate accessories used by hunters would be exempt. The bill also contains exceptions for lawful possession of these devices by law enforcement and the government.

    Senators joining Warner, Kaine, and Feinstein include Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ed Markey (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Bob Casey (D-PA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Carper (D-DE), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Coons (D-DE), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

    Kaine, who was Governor of Virginia during the Virginia Tech mass shooting, and Warner have long supported improving mental health policy and passing commonsense measures to curb gun violence, including requiring background record checks prior to gun purchases and improving the number and accuracy of records submitted to the national background check system.

  • Photo: Four days after Las Vegas gun massacre, Gillespie says he had a “great time” with machine gun Greitens