Gillespie Criticizes Warner on Silence on Redskins Name Change

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.

Warner and Gillespie Face Each Other in Final Debate

On Monday, October 13th candidates for U.S. Senate, Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie faced off in their final debate before the midterm election, reports The Washington Post. 

In their final debate Ed Gillespie made sure to attack Warner for the recently revealed job talked he had with the son of former state senator Phillip Puckett. The talks surrounded a potential federal judgeship for Puckett’s daughter, which had the intention of persuading Puckett, a Democrat, to keep his seat and thus avoid giving the control of  the state Senate to the Republicans.It was also recently revealed that Governor McAuliffe’s chief of staff had similar conversations with Puckett.

“This is very serious in terms of the federal bench, [it] has a big impact on our lives, and we need to make sure the qualified people are put on the bench, and I would never play politics with recommending judicial appointments,” declared Gillespie during the debate.

Warner denied the job offer and said that the call was intended to innocently “brainstorm” potential job options for Martha Puckett Ketron, Puckett’s daughter.

Warner also responded that “I’ve been a friend of Senator Phillip Puckett and his family for nearly 20 years. When I heard that Phillip was considering resigning from the Senate, I reached out to his son Joseph to find out what was going on,” further elaborating that, “I did not offer her a job nor would I offer her any kind of position.”

Ten Things You Should Know About Mark Warner

The midterm elections are less than a month away and The Richmond Times-Dispatch has some things they think you may not know about Sen. Mark Warner (D).

1. Due to his first two businesses being failures, Mark Warner was living out of his car before he founded Nextel, the telecommunications company that would go on to make him millions.

2. Mark Warner is the richest man in the Senate with a net worth of $257 million.

3. Mark met his wife Lisa at a keg party.

4. During Warner’s 2001 gubernatorial campaign he sponsored a race car.

5. Almost every year Warner hosts a family haunted house for neighborhood kids to celebrate Halloween, his favorite holiday.

6. Terry McAuliffe, despite being three years younger than Warner, was his first boss when he took a fundraising job at the DNC right after he graduated from Harvard Law.

7. Warner was the coach of Harvard Law School’s first women’s intramural basketball team.

8. Warner is a proud member of the Senate Craft Brew Caucus.

9. Warner is also a lifetime member of the YMCA.

10. In 1996 Warner unsuccessfully challenged former Sen. John W. Warner, a Republican, but later became the first Democrat endorsed by him.

Gillespie Makes Progress in the Polls

The Washington Post is reporting that Ed Gillespie is now only nine points behind U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D). The new poll shows that with only six weeks to go the Republican challenger is closing in on the incumbent.

The poll released by Quinnipiac University shows that, in a head-to-head match up Warner leads Gillespie 50 percent to 41 percent. Earlier polls by the university showed Warner having an almost 22 point lead, showing that the Gillespie campaign has picked up major steam in the recent weeks.

“U.S. Sen. mark Warner has been the most popular politician in Virginia for the past several years and appears to be in reasonable shape for reelection, but his lead is not insurmountable with six weeks to go until Election Day,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

This poll was released after Gillespie, who had been outspent on television advertising by Warner by 3-1, debuted commercials in the Washington-area media market.

Surveyed were 1,010 likely voter between September 17-22 and the poll has a margin of error plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Gillespie Goes on the Offensive

Withe just over  a month left before the crucial midterm elections,  Republican candidate Ed Gillespie upped his ante in efforts to secure more voters, reports The Washington Post.

Gillespie focuses his attacks at the 2014 U.S. Senate Candidates Battleground Forum on the front runner, incumbent Democrat Mark Warner. Gillespie painted Warner, a former Virginia Governor as a pawn for the Obama administration, using the President’s poor approval rating as a tactic to deal Warner a blow.

“If Mark Warner had been a senator like he’d been a governor I might not be standing here today. But Governor Warner wouldn’t recognize Senator Warner,” remarked Gillespie at the forum.

During his time at the podium Warner took a different approach as he appeared relaxed, joking with panelists. His comments focused on his across the aisle work with Republican colleagues and called for more bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.

Warner’s strong and consistent lead over Gillespie, recent polls show him 22 points up, has had the Republican candidate scrambling to undercut the Senator’s image. Gillespie has focused on linking Warner to problems such as the current state of the health-care system, threats of terrorism and rising fuel prices. Gillespie called Warner “a blank check for President Obama,” rather than the independent bipartisan politician he is painting himself as.



Warner’s Tensions with Arlington’s Young Democrats Was Misunderstanding

Ed Gillespie was handed and opportunity to scrutinize his opponent for U.S. Senate, Democratic incumbent Mark Warner, reports The Washington Post. 

The President of the Young Democrats, Max Burns, wanted to have Warner for a meet-and-greet with the group. The candidate’s campaign took this as a request to hold a fundraiser for Warner, and they responded that their goal would be to raise &25,000.

This where messages began to be misconstrued. The campaign’s misunderstanding of the request and their response angered Burns causing him to send a tweet saying “@MarkWarner – @ArlingtonYDs would’ve loved to have you chat with us about VA’s young professionals, but it came with a $25,000 price tag”

Republican blog The Virginia Virtucon, escalated the situation when they retweeted the message and wrote the following statement:

“The Arlington Young Democrats invited Sen. Mark Warner to speak to them. You know, because they’re the kind of people that’ll knock on doors, make phone calls, and generally fight in trenched to get people like Mark Warner elected. The Mark Warner campaign said sure – if you can raise $25,000.”

However, the Warner campaign does not charge for meet-and-greet events. The miscommunication was was attributed to “the nuances of communicating over social media.” Burns quickly retracted his statement through a tweet saying “If I have to own this then I have to. I’ll suck up the fact that we did this wrong.”

The situation has now been reconciled and both the Warner campaign and The Arlington Young Democrats are looking forward to working with one another.

Warner and Gillespie to Meet Eight Time Before November Election

On Thursday Democratic incumbent Senator Mark Warner agreed to eight different appearances with Republican candidate Ed Gillespie, reports The Washington Post.

There will be two more televised debates, in addition to the one held last month, that are slated for October 7 in Fairfax County and October 13 in Richmond.

Four more appearances were agreed upon with two being made in in Northern Virginia in September , one in Danville in October and the other to be scheduled at a later date.

Warner addressed the joint appearances and said, “I look forward to continuing the conversation with “Virginians about my commitment to finding common sense solutions that provide every Virginian with a fair shot at success during these forums in all parts of the Commonwealth.”

As of now Warner is enjoying a double-digit lead over Gillespie and has raised more money than his challenger, who released his first TV ad this week.

Credit Union League Endorses Warner

Surprisingly early in the election cycle, the Virginia Credit Union League announced their endorsement of Sen. Mark Warner for reelection yesterday.

“Senator Warner is a longtime advocate and friend of our member-owned credit unions,” said league president Rick Pillow, praising Warner for what he described as “result-oriented government that transcends partisan politics.”

The league represents 164 credit unions across the state. Business endorsements usually come later in the election cycle, so this is a big win for Warner.

Warner Begins Reelection Bid With Tour Across VA

On Thursday, U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) began his journey to reelection- literally. Warner kicked off his bid with a six-day tour across the state of Virginia.

As he shared his professional growth, from entrepreneur to politician, in Richmond, small business people from across the state came out to show support and ask about his future ideas.

On the subject of entrepreneurship, Warner inspired some of the crowd with “Innovators in the room, I failed miserably twice,” he said. “Third shot though, I got into a little business called cell phones, managed to eke out a living.”

Warner also expressed his thoughts on the recent Veterans Affairs scandal, stating that he, like many other Democrats across the nation, is requesting that Veterans Administration Secretary, Eric K. Shinseki, resign.

“Like every American, I’m outreached by the lack of care to our veterans,” Warner said.

It is projected that Warner will run against Ed Gillespie (R) in November, which will be officially determined at the state convention in Roanoke next month.

Ryan to Headline GOP Fundraiser in Roanoke

US Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wi)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R) will headline the GOP’s fundraising dinner on June 6 in Roanoke, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch.

The gala will occur on the first day of the state Republican Convention. During convention, the party will choose their candidate to challenge Sen. Mark Warner (D).

The dinner, called the Commonwealth Gala, includes various levels of sponsorship and allows attendees to brush elbows with some of Virginia’s political elite. For $2,500, one could become a “gala dinner host” and receive four VIP reception tickets, a photo with Rep. Ryan and dinner for 10 guests.

The tickets for the dinner start at $75.