From the Democratic Party of Virginia:
Glenn Youngkin’s Desperate Attempts To Mislead Voters Highlighted In New Washington Post Column
Richmond, VA — It’s been a brutal week for Glenn Youngkin. After becoming the first gubernatorial nominee to refuse the time-honored VBA debate in 36 years, he’s spent the week running from reporters and dodging questions about his far-right agenda.
Things got even worse when new reporting revealed that Youngkin’s plan to slash Virginia’s income tax would jeopardize the salaries of the commonwealth’s teachers and law enforcement and endanger critical services that Virginians rely on. It didn’t help that his top economic advisor Stephen Moore has a history of racist and sexist comments that drew more condemnation of Youngkin’s campaign.
Youngkin’s desperate attempts to distract Virginians from all of his campaign’s failures are falling flat, and a new column in the Washington Post shows just how unprepared Youngkin is for prime time. Read the full column here.
A few highlights include:
His one policy plank to date is a voting-restriction measure in the mode of other Jim Crow-style laws that Republicans are pushing based on the “big lie” that voting fraud lifted Biden into office. He has also let on that he is hard-liner on abortion, a position at odds with the commonwealth’s increasingly blue voters. In a video released last week, Youngkin essentially admitted he had to hide his true views to get elected. “When I’m governor and I have a majority in the House we can start going on offense,” Youngkin said. “But as a campaign topic, sadly, that in fact won’t win my independent votes that I have to get.”
Now, he is refusing to debate Democratic nominee and former governor Terry McAuliffe, with the bogus excuse that PBS host Judy Woodruff — who has moderated multiple presidential debates — is biased. If “bias” means “likely to ask uncomfortable questions that will expose his true views,” he may have a point.
As McAuliffe said in a statement: “Glenn Youngkin has spent his campaign embracing Donald Trump and trying to hide his true views from Virginia voters, so it’s no surprise he does not have the courage to face me at this debate and answer questions just as every Republican and Democratic nominee for governor has done since 1985. His refusal to participate in this debate is an insult to Virginians and shows that Glenn knows just how out of step he is with the people of the Commonwealth.”
A desperate Youngkin has now resorted to claiming that Virginia’s economy is in peril. A small problem: For the second time in a row, CNBC this year rated Virginia as the best state in the country to do business. (The network skipped rankings last year because of the pandemic, but Virginia received the same ranking in 2019.) Moreover, he has not revealed what exactly he is going to do to make the economy even better.
Youngkin’s biggest problem, however, may be the disgraced former president, who has embraced him with a fervor reserved for true-believers in the MAGA cult…