The Monday Night Football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins gave Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie the perfect opportunity to debut his new attack ad. The ad criticizes incumbent Democrat Mark Warner for his silence on a proposed Senate bill that would put added pressure on the Redskin franchise to change their name, reports The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The ad alleges that Warner “refused to answer if he supports the bill or not” and asks why the Senator won’t “fight the anti-Redskins bill.”
Gillespie then goes onto say “I’ll oppose the anti-Redskins bill. Let’s focus on creating jobs, raising take-home pay and making our nation safer, and let the Redskins handle what to call their team,” delivered with a smirk on his face.
On Thursday some Senate Democrats introduced legislation on Thursday that would take back the NFL’s tax-exempt status if they continue to defend the Washington Redskin’s name. Warner has not yet joined this effort as he, along with Virginia’s other senator, Tim Kaine (D) refused to join the group urging the name change.
A spokesman for Warner said, “Senator Warner believes that it’s not for Congress to dictate what the league does. He believes that over time, team names will change to reflect the times, as has happened with the Washington Wizards.”
Proponents of the name change hold that the term Redskins is derogatory to Native Americans. The team receives much support from Virginia as it’s training camp is located in Richmond.