aside Ed Gillespie Is Selling His Soul To Win The 11/7/17 Virginia Governor’s Race

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This is how sick our election politics have become. The republican candidate  Ed Gillespie who is vying to be Virginia’s next governor on November 7, 2017 has been inching ahead in the polls against the democratic candidate Ralph Northam by catering to the White supremacists.

Until Mr. Gillespie resorted to these tactics, his opponent was ahead in the polls. As of right now, it appears that Ed Gillespie could win. The republicans plan to win by the marketing of fear, decisiveness, with mating calls to White supremacists. Have they no shame?

It looks like the republicans’ ads against sanctuary cities/ fear of crime have been effective even though sanctuary cities don’t exist/ are not allowed by law in Virginia. Note the president’s tweet below about M13 gangs. Democrats need to be able to state for the record that they are against crimes, felons and gangs, no matter what color, religion, nationality the criminals are, period.

Dear Virginians, Please restore my faith in our elections’ systems by electing the candidate who does not stoop to the level of pandering to White supremacists.


Here’s the rest of the story…

On November 4, 2017, the Washington Post Editorial Board penned the following op-ed piece, “Ed Gillespie wages war on his own principles.”

“AS VIRGINIA’S gubernatorial campaign intensified just after Labor Day, we published an editorial criticizing Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate once known as a fixture of the GOP establishment, for flirting with the electorate’s “most noxious elements” by using Confederate monuments as a wedge issue just weeks after they were the rallying cause for racists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville.”

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“Mr. Gillespie’s campaign protested angrily, insisting to us that his focus, and that of Virginians, was on reducing penalties for marijuana possession; reforming the criminal-justice system with a focus on redemption; sluggish job creation and wage growth; sea-level rise; the opioid epidemic; surging gang activity; and the educational achievement gap. Really, Mr. Gillespie’s allies were insisting, he remains the mainstream moderate he’s always been.”

“Since then, however, Mr. Gillespie has doubled down on the politics of divisiveness and fear. His campaign’s thrust has not been just a dog whistle to the intolerant, racially resentful parts of the Republican base; it’s been a mating call.”

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“Whether that’s been an effective electoral strategy will be known after the polls close Tuesday (11/7/17). Already, though, its cost is clear, both to Mr. Gillespie’s own moral stature and to Virginia’s status as a centrist state that, until now, has retained a modicum of political civility. By embracing President Trump’s inflammatory political tone and tenor with an advertising campaign that equated illegal immigrants with gang violence, harped on Confederate statues and suggested child sex predators are being armed by Democrats, the Gillespie campaign has crashed through the guardrails of decency.”

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“Whether to leave or remove Confederate statues may be a genuine disagreement — Mr. Gillespie would leave them; Ralph Northam, his Democratic opponent, would remove them; neither could decide in most cases, which are under local control. But for Mr. Gillespie to whip up passions by stressing the issue immediately after the violence in Charlottesville has been to appeal to those for whom “heritage” and “tradition” are racist buzzwords.”

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 “Equally odious is Mr. Gillespie’s effort to paint Mr. Northam, a pediatric neurologist, as an enabler of child sex offenders. He did so in an attack ad blaming the Democrat for restoring voting and other rights to convicted felons who have served their time, spotlighting an ex-convict who completed his sentence years before his rights were restored by Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D). It’s true that Mr. Northam supports that policy; it’s unclear how it differs from that of Mr. Gillespie, whose own support for rights restoration does not exclude sex offenders.”
“Moreover, by flooding the airwaves with an advertisement featuring an image of a hooded Hispanic gang member, and linking it to Mr. Northam’s supposed backing of sanctuary cities — which don’t exist in Virginia — Mr. Gillespie descended into ethnic scare-mongering.”
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“The Republican candidate insists he is proud of his detailed position papers, which he carries around in a binder featuring titles such as “Collective Impact Model as a Framework to Solve Complicated Problems.” But who is the real Mr. Gillespie — the man who wants to solve such “complicated problems” or the one content to sow hatred, suspicion and dread?”

This blog was last updated on November 6, 2017.


    • Dear Keith,

      This is no longer the republican party that we grew up with. It has become an abhorrent entity.

      It makes me sick that anyone could win an election by catering to White supremacists.

      Hugs, Gronda


  1. Aside from the deplorable site of someone pandering…
    “Collective Impact Model as a Framework to Solve Complicated Problems.”?????
    After 45+ years in the UK Civil Service and sadly well versed in the arts of saying a lot and meaning nothing, or meaning entirely the opposite to that which I said or wrote I know ‘poobah’ when I see it.

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  2. Dear Roger,

    That is what politicians are known for which is they love to talk a lot without saying anything worthwhile. I feel for the journalist interviewer who ask a specific question only to get a totally unrelated answer which is what the politician planned to say all along.

    They need each other and life goes on.

    This is standard operating procedure (SOP), but to watch established politicians demeaning themselves without a second thought is a new low. This is so depressing.

    I admire anyone who could survive as a successful civil servant, as that person must possess some political expertise.

    Hugs, Gronda


    • Gronda, we watched Governor Greg Abbott of Texas avoid every questions about guns. He would just start babbling about “evil.” Now, our President is saying gun control would have made the shooting in Texas worse. That is standard NRA BS. Keith

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