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In Closing Days of Virginia 2019 Campaign, With Their Backs to the Wall, Republicans Ratchet Up the Ugly Xenophobia, Fearmongering


With just 12 days to go until Virginia’s elections, and with their backs to the wall (e.g., the real possibility they could lose both Houses of the General Assembly, plus key local races), Virginia Republicans are reverting to their usual, sadly typical form – ugly xenophobia, fear mongering, demagoguery, falsehoods, etc.

See below for a few examples, starting with the “disgusting” “dogwhistle” “attack mailer” by Republican Shannon Kane against Del. Kelly Fowler (D-HD21), and including nasty stuff by Prince William County Board Chair Republican nominee John Gray against Democratic nominee Ann Wheeler; State Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R-SD10) against Democratic nominee Ghazala Hashmi; State Sen. Amanda Chase (R-SD11) against Democratic nominee Amanda Pohl; Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-SD12) against Democratic nominee Debra Rodman; Republican Paul Milde (R-HD28) against Democratic nominee Josh Cole; Republican Del. Tim Hugo (R-HD40) against Democratic nominee Dan Helmer; and Republican Rocky Holcomb (R-HD85) against Democratic nominee Alex Askew. Note that this is just a small sampling, and that there’s lots more ugliness by Republicans out there. On November 5, what we need to do is to send a clear message that this garbage is unacceptable, by voting Democratic up and down the ballot.

By the way, not only is this stuff ugly, it’s probably not effective either, as Ed Gillespie and Corey Stewart – both of whom used this same, disgusting strategy in their own runs for office in recent years – demonstrate.


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