Look up Ed Gillespie and the Virginia governor’s race in Google, and you’ll find story after story about political attack ads. The strange thing is, most of these stories are centered around Gillespie’s ads targeting his opponent – Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam. Very few bother to mention the most disgusting ad of the campaign, which was run AGAINST Gillespie, the Republican candidate for governor. Even after the Latino Victory Fund pulled the ad from the airwaves in the wake of the New York City terrorist attack, the majority of liberal news outlets ignored and downplayed this sick attack on Gillespie and his family.
The ad depicted supporters of Gillespie as murderous racists, willing to hop in their pickup trucks and run down minority children for no apparent reason.
“We knew our ad would ruffle feathers. We held a mirror up to the Republican Party, and they don’t like what they see. We have decided to pull our ad at this time,” said Cristobal J. Alex, president of the LVF, in a rather arrogant statement. “Given recent events, we will be placing other powerful ads into rotation that highlight the reasons we need to elect progressive leaders in Virginia.”
One can hardly wait to see what the Latino Victory Fund pulls out of their hat to replace this work of reprehensible art.
In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, Gillespie denounced the ad as a vicious smear against Virginia voters.
“This attack is not just an attack on my supporters,” he said. “It’s an attack on all Virginians. The fact is, whether you disagree with people or not, in Virginia we respect civil discourse and this is a new low in politics here. It’s a sad day.”
And in comments to The Daily Caller, Gillespie said that his wife and children were horrified by the advertisement.
“They are infuriated,” he said. “And they’re disgusted. And I understand that. I think it’s always harder on the family than on the candidate himself or herself, but it’s not pleasant, and it’s the kind of thing that makes good people not want to run for public office.”
But in an interesting twist, Gillespie confided in the Daily Caller that the LVF’s ad may have accidentally backfired on them.
“Online, our fundraising has tripled from people who are just disgusted by this and feel that they’re under attack, which they are,” Gillespie said. “But, again, it’s not just my supporters who are under attack here. It’s all those good, decent Virginians who may not agree with me, but understand that this is not good for the commonwealth of Virginia and that this kind of political attack and these smear campaigns are not good for the country and they’re not good for the commonwealth.”
We’d say that the Hispanic activists behind this ad should be ashamed of themselves, but we doubt they are even capable of that level of self-reflection. Maybe a good old fashioned electoral whipping will knock some sense into them.