Delegate Bob Marshall (R-13, Manassas) is campaigning for another term in the House, where he has been a member since 1992. But he’s also, in a just released television spot, decided to take on Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. Interesting strategy and Delegate Marshall does it, as we are accustomed to, in his own way.
The genesis of the spot is the false McAuliffe attack, echoed now by Democrats the state over, that a bill introduced by Marshall and supported by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, McAuliffe’s Republican opponent, would ban birth control. The bill has nothing to do with birth control and, as Marshall points out, two U.S. Supreme Court rulings prohibit state legislatures from banning contraception. In a statement, Marshall said:
I should call my 30 second cable TV ad “McAuliffe’s Mendacity.” Now my own opponent has joined in the craze and has huge mailers accusing me of the same nonsense which the Democrats know or should know is blatantly false. Several other races are being similarly targeted. Where is the responsible journalism?
Marshall adds two great kickers at the end. He reminds viewers that McAuliffe publicly stated earlier in the campaign that he won’t read bills if elected governor (but would “hire people to do it for him”) and says that his opponent apparently doesn’t read bills either. Ouch! But then, only as Marshall would do, encourages people who don’t belief him to call his cel phone! Brilliant!
The ad combines three elements conservative candidates rarely use (or are afraid to), characteristics Marshall contains in abundance for those who know him (and not the media caricature of him): confidence in knowledge of the issues, courage to take on those who would do your character or cause harm, and a sense of humor. Who else would jibe his opponent about not reading a bill he’s criticizing and then challenge him or the public to call his phone to discuss it? Take that T-Mac!
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