American Bridge Calls On Ed Gillespie To Apologize For Lying About His Cynical Political Attacks on Virginia’s Bipartisan Transportation Bill

Ed Gillespie got caught attacking Virginia’s historic, bipartisan transportation bill – and now he’s lying about it. First, Gillespie criticized his opponent for supporting the transportation bill, which provided critical funding for Virginia’s transportation system and was signed by Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, whose campaign Gillespie once chaired.

After facing sharp criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike, Gillespie denied ever launching the attack – turning a dishonest talking point into a flat-out lie.

“Partisan Hack Ed Gillespie got caught being himself – a political opportunist who will say or do anything to advance his own career – and now he’s lying about it,” said American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price. “Virginians deserve better, and Gillespie owes them an apology.”

Gillespie Attacked Northam For Supporting Bipartisan Transportation Bill. According to Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Gillespie wants you to know that Democrat Ralph S. Northam voted for ‘the largest tax increase in Virginia history.’ But Gillespie is conveniently leaving out a big […]

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Bruce Rauner’s Shift to the Far Right

Bruce Rauner tries to paint himself as a moderate, but his recent staff shakeup reveals his true colors. He’s replaced key leadership staff with people from the far-right Illinois Policy Institute, a group that advocates for the repeal of the state income tax, which would gut essential public services and put lives at risk.

Illinois voters see through Gov. Rauner’s charades. He can’t claim to be a moderate if he surrounds himself with extremists who are out to hurt Illinois’ families.


Politico: New hires create minefield for Illinois governor

POLITICO: Rauner fires staffer with history of homophobic tweets

Chicago Sun-Times: Rauner staffers ‘dropping like flies’ in wave of firings, resignations

Crain’s Chicago Business: Rauner loses top political aide, capping a week of chaos

Crain’s Chicago Business: Has Bruce Rauner lost it?

Politico: Illinois governor cleans house after budget showdown

Chicago Sun-Times: Rauner interviews ‘body man’ Friday, fires him Monday

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ALL (LITTLE) HANDS ON DECK: Gillespie Would “Absolutely” Welcome Trump to Campaign With Him

It’s official. Ed Gillespie has wrapped his arms around Donald Trump saying he “absolutely” would welcome the President to campaign for him in Virginia. Gillespie is desperately trying to win over the most extreme right-wing in his party by cozying up to Donald Trump. It’s what he’s done his whole career: put his party and personal ambition first, and Virginia families last.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Ed Gillespie cannot be elected governor because he’d never stand up to Trump. Even as the president campaigns to rip away health care coverage from over half a million Virginians, including 14,500 veterans, Gillespie is laying out the red carpet for him on the campaign trail. Virginians need a governor who will put Virginians first–Gillespie will always put Trump first.”


JOHN FREDERICKS: It’s the middle of the campaign and I do not like […]

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Guadagno gets defensive about “The Boss”

Kim Guadagno knows she has to do everything possible to keep her 26 percent from sliding any lower into Chris Christie territory.  Now Guadagno is playing defense on her disdain for Bruce Springsteen by tweeting out a picture of her and the boss.

Guadagno is out of step with the overwhelming majority of New Jersey, but it’s likely more than just her dislike of Thunder Road and Hungry Heart… and her unyielding support of her own boss, Chris Christie.  

Here are some more classic New Jersey favorites that Guadagno probably hates:

Bon Jovi

Taylor Ham/Pork Roll


The Boardwalk



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No Staff Changes Will Clean Up Rauner’s Mess

Governor Rauner’s staff are “dropping like flies,” with a total of 20 staff members out after the legislature over-rode his budget veto, a devastating political blow for the governor on the eve of an election year. And this week, Rauner’s ‘body man,’ who had a history of racist and homophobic tweets was fired, despite the fact that his behavior isn’t so far off from past staff members, one of whom beat up a man, punched two women, and drug a third by her hair through a parking lot (all in one night, no less).

A staff shakeup won’t change Rauner’s disastrous leadership. There’s a reason he’s one of theleast popular governors in the country – because he’s ineffective.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“When Bruce Rauner doesn’t get […]

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Rick Scott Will Still Have to Answer for Trumpcare

The effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — resulting in worse health care for millions of Floridians — might be collapsing in Congress, but back home in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott won’t be able to escape his record.

“Whether it’s Trumpcare or repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, Rick Scott is stuck with a cruel plan to take away health care from millions — like gum stuck to a shoe,”said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Despite Trumpcare’s collapse in the Senate, Scott helped write the bill and supported disastrous ACA repeals to rip away coverage from Americans who desperately need it, and Florida voters will hold him responsible.”

Gov. Rick Scott bragged about working “closely” with Washington Republicans to craft Trumpcare legislation with Republicans in Washington.

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Ed Gillespie, Trump’s Swamp Creature, Saddles Up To Lobbyist Pals

Ed Gillespie continues to duck on the Senate’s disastrous TrumpCare bill, which would kick over ahalf a million Virginians off their health coverage, including over 14,000 veterans. While he’s ignoring the well-being of Virginians when asking for their vote, there’s one thing Gillespie is doing — fundraising. In fact, he is raising big bucks thanks to a former Trump transition team stafferand former lobbyist, just like Ed Gillespie.

Ed Gillespie may continue to duck and dodge the issues that matter to Virginians, but he has to answer for his career getting rich off of hurting Virginians. He said himself that he only represented clients whose positions he was “comfortable with,” so today American Bridgelaunched a website that takes a quick look at some of his clients so that Virginians can […]

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Gillespie Denies The TrumpCare Facts

In a radio call-in show this morning, Ed Gillespie refused to take a position on TrumpCare… AGAIN. In fact, he denied the fact that the Senate even had a TrumpCare bill at all. But we already know that Gillespie wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, no matter the cost to Virginia.
Here’s a few facts for Ed Gillespie on the Senate TrumpCare bill:

The Senate TrumpCare bill would rip away insurance from over half a million Virginians.
At least 14,500 veterans in Virginia could lose their insurance under the Senate plan by 2026.
The plan would leave fewer seniors covered by health insurance and make coverage more expensive.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Ed Gillespie has turned his back on Virginians concerned about their health care being ripped away. […]

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Rauner Veto: Economic Destruction Over Solvency

It has been over two years since Illinois had a budget. The state is just days away from having its credit downgraded AGAIN – this time, to “junk bond” status, a title no state has ever received. Just days away from running out of funding altogether – for schools, transportation, infrastructure, and social services – the legislature came together and passed a budget to get Illinois’s economy moving again. The only thing left was a signature from Governor Bruce Rauner, but it never came.

Not only did Governor Rauner veto the budget, but today, he actually instructed the legislature not to override his veto.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Rauner doesn’t care about Illinois or solving problems for the people of Illinois. Instead of signing a budget that would save Illinois from falling off a financial cliff, Gov. Rauner chose forced layoffs at universities, […]

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