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Washington Post: Three Pinocchios to Mark Warner campaign for deceiving ad

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Three Pinocchios from the Washington Post for the latest Mark Warner campaign ad for its “slimy sleight of hand” playing loose with the facts. Ouch.

But even when faced with the facts, Mark Warner’s campaign stands by their deceiving television ad against Republican candidate Ed Gillespie and thumbs its nose at the Washington Post’s Fact Checker.

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Sabato’s Crystal Ball’s latest forecast for 2014

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Senate Forecast: Cloudy with a Good Chance of Republican Majority. That’s the latest this morning from Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball as the final days tick down to Election 2014.

Virginia is in the “Likely Democrat” column but that remains to be seen. In these final days of the campaign, Ed Gillespie has successfully chiseled away at Senator Mark Warner’s Teflon veneer to expose Warner’s 97 percent voting record with President Barack Obama as well as his lack of getting much done in the senate the past six years.

On Wednesday the Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave Warner Three Pinocchios for a startlingly inaccurate TV ad, picking it apart and exposing the lies, only to have the Warner campaign state that they stand with the ad.

Meanwhile, other senate candidates are also battling it out right down to the finish line. The Crystal Ball covers each one, adding fodder for political junkies following Election 2014.

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Preview: Ed Gillespie’s new TV ad … ‘Changed’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The newest ad from the Gillespie campaign is out and will begin airing Saturday: “Senator Mark Warner’s actions in relation to a matter under FBI investigation, and he refuses to answer questions about his role in the scandal. In what has been described as ‘raw, ugly politics,’ Senator Warner ‘dangled a lifetime appointment to the federal bench’ in an effort to help Governor Terry McAuliffe expand Obamacare in Virginia.” From the Gillespie campaign: Continue reading

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Gillespie’s latest round of ads to hit airwaves Saturday – updated

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Ed Gillespie (Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell)

By Lynn R. Mitchell

While liberals have tried to make hay with Ed Gillespie’s temporary absence from the airwaves, it’s actually the calm before the storm as the Gillespie campaign gears up for a Saturday launch that may be highlighting a major pivot in messaging. The timing is perfect as Gillespie surges, riding the Republican wave that is building across the country.

Reading the VPAP news clips this morning, it was clear media types were pouncing on Gillespie. “Ed Gillesipe goes dark on television in Virginia senate race,” screamed the Washington Post while the New York Times blared, “Gillespie to leave airtime in Virginia to others” and the AP piled on with, “GOP’s Gillespie ditches ads in senate race in Va.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch was the only one to honestly report that Gillespie was “temporarily ditching ads.”

When long-time political pundit Larry Sabato writes that Puckettgate is “not a good development for Mark Warner,” it’s serious. Get ready for the final push and hang on … Gillespie is in a full-out sprint to the finish line.

UPDATE: The new ad was out by mid-day Friday and will hit the airwaves Saturday (see Presview: Ed Gillespie’s new TV ad … “Changed”).

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Sabato: ‘This is not a good development for Mark Warner’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

“This is not a good development for Mark Warner.” — Dr. Larry Sabato, political pundit, 10/15/2014

Since Monday night’s debate between Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie that the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin called Warner’s debate from hell and noting that Gillespie had drawn blood, Warner has ducked from reporters and is keeping a low profile while Puckettgate continues to grow.

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Warner-Puckett fallout: ‘Brainstorming? Is that what they’re calling it these days?’

Mark Warner w ObamaBy Lynn R. Mitchell

During Monday night’s Virginia U.S. Senate debate between Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie that took place in Richmond, Warner flitted around the issue of Puckettgate, the black cloud that is now hanging over Richmond concerning Democratic State Senator Phil Puckett’s resignation earlier this year. Puckett’s leaving handed control of the senate to Republicans and blocked Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe’s hopes to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (see Warner, Gillespie spar over Puckett scandal, energy, Ebola).

The reasons for what played out are varied (see Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial Warner should come clean):

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October surprise for Mark Warner? Game changer for Virginia?

Mark WarnerBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Fallout from the former Democratic State Senator Phil Puckett case in the Virginia General Assembly seems to have now hit U.S. Senator Mark Warner (see Warner discussed job for Puckett’s daughter by Laura Vozzella in the Washington Post).

October surprise? Game changer for Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat that was thought to be safely in Democratic control?

In a race that has seen the polls tighten in Republican challenger Ed Gillespie’s favor — once polling down almost 30 points and now has closed the gap to 10 — these final three weeks are very important. This one seems even more so because, while Gillespie already had momentum moving in his favor before the latest news broke, revelations on Friday that Warner may have been a part of the Democratic push-back at Puckett have been both surprising and revealing.

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Ed Gillespie offers alternative health care plan

Ed Gillespie

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell

By Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s here! Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie has rolled out his alternative health care plan to counter Obamacare, to good reviews (see Ed Gillespie, Senate candidate in Virginia, unveils alternative to Affordable Care Act by Rachel Weiner).

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U.S. Senate debate tonight … Warner-Puckett questions will be elephant in room

Ed GillespieBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The past two days have not been good for U.S. Senator Mark Warner since it was reported in the Washington Post his alleged connection concerning former Democratic State Senator Phil Puckett (see Warner discussed job for Puckett’s daughter by Laura Vozzella):

The son of a former Virginia state senator has told federal investigators that U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner discussed the possibility of several jobs, including a federal judgeship, for the senator’s daughter in an effort to dissuade him from quitting the evenly divided state Senate.

Warner was part of a string of high-powered Virginia Democrats who in early June pressed then-state senator Phillip P. Puckett not to go through with plans to give up his seat in the middle of a bitterly partisan battle over health care.

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Ed Gillespie’s promise: ‘Ease the squeeze’

Ed GillespieBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Ed Gillespie’s performance in Tuesday night’s debate had Senator Mark Warner on the defense. Today Ed emphasized his promise to the citizens of Virginia:

Last night, at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate, I repeated a promise I’ve made to voters all across the Commonwealth:

“I will have a simple test for every vote I cast as Senator. Will this bill ease the squeeze on hardworking Virginians? If it doesn’t, I won’t vote for it.

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Obama greenhouse gas regulatory agenda will have negative effect on Virginia

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The Partnership for a Better Energy Future released the following statement Tuesday night:

Below is a statement from former Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech regarding Tuesday night’s Virginia U.S. Senate debate and the potential negative effect the Obama Administration’s greenhouse gas regulatory agenda will have on the Commonwealth:

“Virginians across the Commonwealth are glad to hear that greenhouse gases are being discussed by our U.S. Senate candidates,” said Doug Domenech, former Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources. “The EPA’s proposed regulations can’t be met without forcing substantial strain on the energy sector.  The result will be so severe that Virginia’s economy and job outlook will be seriously impacted. The cost to light and heat our homes will go up, as will the cost to drive our cars and trucks.  Our next U.S. Senator must take this issue seriously and work to stop the EPA’s job killing energy policy.”

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Virginia U.S. Senate debate tonight

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Tonight, at 7:00 p.m. the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate will air throughout Virginia. Watch live as Ed Gillespie outlines his his agenda for economic growth and holds Senator Mark Warner accountable for his record.

The debate will be broadcast live on the following stations:

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Ed Gillespie, the sleeper

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Dana Perino has said for weeks that Ed Gillespie is the sleeper in the U.S. Senate race in Virginia. With polls tightening, the Mark Warner campaign is becoming even more negative as Gillespie exposes Warner’s 97 percent voting record with Democratic President Barack Obama. As someone who convinced Virginians he was moderate, Waner’s record hasn’t backed that up, much to the surprise of many who had supported him in the past. Will they support him again?

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Winchester Star: Mark Warner a ‘reflexive liberal’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The Winchester Star wants to know whom is Mark Warner trying to kid by professing to be a “radical centrist” in their Thursday editorial (Ed Gillespie yard signsee Our View: A Reminder — There is a Senate race in Virginia):

Five years ago this week — Wednesday, to be exact — the newly minted Mr. Warner faced a rather contentious crowd of nearly 2,000 people at a “town hall” gathering in Fredericksburg. The issue du jour: health care.

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Ed Gillespie rolls out second TV ad

By Lynn R. Mitchell

With Labor Day behind us, political campaigns kick into high gear going into the stretch to November, and Ed Gillespie was right there with them. His second TV ad for U.S. Senate is now airing. Titled “Blank Check,” it highlights Senator Mark Warner’s 97% voting-with-Obama record during Warner’s time in Washington. It’s a good ad … give it 30 seconds of your time.

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