Ed Gillespie’s Real Record On Agriculture Issues

In anticipation of Friday’s Agriculture and Forestry Gubernatorial Candidate Forum, American Bridge released the latest installment in its Ed The Swamp Creature campaign, which highlights Ed Gillespie’s long history of putting profits over Virginia families.

Gillespie’s Washington lobbying firm received $240,000 to lobby for MF Global, a brokerage firm that Reuters described as having a “checkered history.” When the firm filed for bankruptcy it wrecked havoc on farmers around the country. One Virginia farmer wrote, “When the dust settled, there was over $1 billion missing from customer accounts. That money belonged not to Wall Street, but to farmers, local grain elevators, and livestock feedlots. The MF Global bankruptcy was a disaster for the farm economy.”

More details are available at edtheswampcreature.com.

“Ed Gillespie’s record of rigging the system on behalf of a New York company that left Virginia’s farming families high and dry speaks for itself. He’ll undoubtedly talk a big game about […]

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24 Times Ed Gillespie Called For Repeal Of The Affordable Care Act

For years, Ed Gillespie has advocated for repealing the Affordable Care Act — kicking millions off their insurance to pay for tax cuts for millionaires like Ed Gillespie.

Now that Trumpcare has made clear the cost of repealing the ACA, Gillespie is refusing to take a position. But we already know what he really thinks about ripping away the protections in the Affordable Care Act: he’s for it. Don’t take our word for it. Here’s Gillespie himself saying it — 24 times.

“Ed Gillespie has practically gone into the witness protection program to avoid answering questions about Trumpcare, but now Virginia voters can see exactly what he’s been calling for all these years: kicking millions of Americans off their their insurance to pay for tax cuts for the rich,”said American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price. “Not even political hack Ed Gillespie will be able to spin his way out of […]

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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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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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Corey Stewart: Still Out of Touch with Virginia — and Reality

Today, Corey Stewart announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate by pledging multiple times to run a “vicious, ruthless” campaign and promising to support and stand with President Trump.

“Corey Stewart is completely out of step with both Virginia values — and reality,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “His backwards, racist agenda puts supporting Donald Trump first and helping Virginia middle class families last. They rejected him once, and they will reject his far-right nastiness once again.”

This is far from the first time Stewart has said outlandish things that are completely out of line with Virginia values.

Check out some of Corey Stewart’s lowlights below:

Stewart: “I was disgusted at the phrase ‘a kinder gentler nation’…I’m gonna run the most ruthless, vicious campaign. [Senate campaign announcement, 7/13/17]
Stewart: Newspapers are just like ISIS,” [Corey Stewart campaign video, Liberal Celebrities are […]

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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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Gillespie Dodges on TrumpCare, Voters Unimpressed

After rubbing elbows in D.C. to pad his campaign coffers, Gillespie went to Main Street Alexandria to visit some small businesses.

What he must not have expected was getting questioned repeatedly by Virginia voters over his stalling on the dangerously destructive TrumpCare bill that would rip away insurance from over half a million Virginians.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Ed Gillespie is once again stalling on TrumpCare, a life and death issue for many, and voters are not impressed. Lobbyist Ed can’t lead a state if he doesn’t understand the real issues that Virginia families face and recognize that this cruel bill would be a disaster for Virginians’ pocketbooks and their health.”

Check out one of those conversations below… she doesn’t look too thrilled with Gillespie’s response.

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Ed Gillespie Complicit on Dangerous TrumpCare Bill

The Congressional Budget Office finally released the non-partisan scoring of the newest TrumpCare plan.  Not only will this bill rip away health care coverage from 22 million Americans, it will also cause insurance premiums for those with chronic conditions to skyrocket and slash funding for Medicaid.

Ed Gillespie has previously called for the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, but now he’s hiding from this disastrous bill that would leave Virginians paying more for less coverage and roll back efforts to fight the opioid epidemic… all for a few tax breaks for the wealthiest few.

State Waivers For Cutting Benefits: The new Trumpcare bill allows states to obtain a waiver to drop protections of essential health benefits like maternity care and prescription drugs, potentially leading to women paying thousands more for maternity care and seniors choosing between their regular prescriptions and groceries.

State waivers could lead to fewer […]

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Failure to Lead: Gillespie on TrumpCare

Ed Gillespie has previously called for the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, but today he’s hiding his position on this disastrous bill. The Senate bill would strip away Medicaid funding that Virginia relies on to fight the growing Opioid epidemic in Virginia. Not only that, but Virginia voters reject the plan 2 to 1 according to recent polling, concerned that increased health care costs and deep cuts to Medicaid would leave them with nowhere to turn.

Opioid Facts in Virginia:

At least 40,000 Virginians with substance abuse issues rely on Medicaid. [VCU School Of Medicine, January 2016]

At least 2 Virginians die per day from prescription opioid and heroin overdoses. [VCU School Of Medicine, January 2016]

More than 800 died from opioid overdoses in 2015. [Kaiser Family […]

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Ed Gillespie and His Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad First Week as Republican Nominee

It’s been a rough week for Ed Gillespie. In a primary contest where he was “expected to cruise” to victory, Gillespie “just barely survived…in a shockingly tight contest.” Articles across the state and around the country pegged the tight contest as showing the “sharp fault lines” in a “deeply fractured” Republican party. Corey Stewart came within just over a point within besting Ed Gillespie. To make matters worse for Ed, he couldn’t excite Republicans to get out and vote for him in the first place–Republican turnout was a mere 40%, while Democratic turnout was 60%, almost 200,000 more votes.

That’s not all: Gillespie strongly supports Trump, whose popularity in Virginia is in free-fall, andlatest polling shows Gillespie trailing Democratic […]

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