Conservative Groups Hit McAuliffe Hard with Ad Blitz

Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 02:36 PM

By Melanie Batley

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Two conservative groups are launching hard-hitting advertising campaigns targeting Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe for his support of Obamacare, among other things.

According to Politico, Citizens United has spent $300,000 on a TV ad campaign to promote a documentary called "Fast Terry" that criticizes the former Democratic National Committee chairman for failing to deliver on promises to create thousands of jobs in the state through his electric car startup, GreenTech.

"Fast Terry was produced to finally shed light on a man who has embellished his business record," says an introduction to the video on the group's website. "In this 30-minute documentary, Fast Terry exposes how McAuliffe’s politically motivated business decisions and empty promises have impacted the lives of Americans from Franklin, Virginia to Tunica, Mississippi."

The group has also spent $75,000 on a separate 30-second radio spot that links McAuliffe with President Barack Obama and his healthcare law and urges voters to support Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for governor.

Meanwhile, the Republican Governors Association plans to put up ads online and on radio promoting a website that has compiled an unflattering collection of videos, audio clips, and quotes from McAuliffe's memoir, Politico reports.

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"Terry McAuliffe cannot be trusted to tell the truth, and Virginians cannot trust him to be their next governor," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, the RGA chairman, says in a statement on the governors' website.

The McAuliffe campaign, meanwhile, dismisses the ads as a "desperate" attempt to save a losing campaign.

"With Ken Cuccinelli looking desperate and losing more mainstream Republicans every day, it's no surprise that his extreme supporters would try to mislead and scare voters in an effort to salvage the race," said McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin, Politico reported.

Recent polls show McAuliffe to be anywhere from 5 points to 3 points ahead of Cuccinelli.



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