Wisconsin Workers Boo Scott Walker’s Failed Record on Jobs

Yesterday, at a Glenn Grothman town hall in Two Rivers, Wisconsin workers booed Scott Walker’s failed jobs record. After constituents talked about their own struggles with finding work, Grothman defended Scott Walker, at which point the room erupted into loud boos.
American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following comment:
“It’s no surprise Wisconsin workers are fed up with Scott Walker–he’s failed to fulfill his promises of job creation as Governor and by doing so, has failed Wisconsin.”
Check out the footage below.

Transcript:
Wisconsin worker: “Ironworks closed their doors. I worked there for 45 years since I was 18 years old. I’d like to know why you and the rest of the Republicans in this state didn’t even bother coming to help us and try to save this company of 123 years. Everybody talks about jobs, jobs, jobs – you just did. What about saving the jobs we have? These […]

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Republican Governors Rightfully “Terrified” about their Chances in 2018

Following a shellacking in Virginia, Republican Governors are “reeling” as they start to come to terms with reality: Trump is a serious drag on their own campaigns. Republicans are now facing mid-term elections with a President who is astonishingly unpopular and a party that is in danger of losing a Senate seat in the reddest of red states — in addition to Democratic enthusiasm we haven’t seen in years. Just take a look at some of these headlines:

Bloomberg: Republican Governors Seek to Avoid 2018 Election Damage From Trump, Moore

Politico: Democrats’ early money haul stuns GOP

CNN: Republican governors fear a 2018 midterm wipeout after Virginia loss

AP: Republican governors gather amid party setbacks, turmoil

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Republican governors and gubernatorial candidates have no one to blame but themselves for the problems […]

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What They’re Saying About the Democratic Landslide and 2018

The Democratic landslide across the country is the latest sign of a wave coming in 2018. Republicans are divided and dysfunctional while working through an internal civil war that has already resulted in repeated legislative failures, a lost year of recruitment problems, and a wave of bloody primaries. Add in a new flood of retirements and you have a recipe for disaster in 2018.

To make things worse, Republicans have no strategy to move forward. For those who thought the key to success was to mimic Trump, Virginia proved otherwise, as voters roundly rejected Ed Gillespie’s race-baiting campaign.

For more about what the 2017 elections mean for Senate, House, and gubernatorial races in 2018, read American Bridge’s election night memo.

Here’s what people are saying about what last night’s returns mean in 2018:

CNN: “The race for Virginia governor on Tuesday night wasn’t very close. And Republicans have Donald Trump to […]

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Memo: Following Virginia Victory, Democrats Are Poised for 2018 Gains

MEMO

To: Interested Parties
From: Bradley Beychok, American Bridge 21st Century President
Date: 11/7/2017
Subject: Following Virginia Victory, Democrats Are Poised for 2018 Gains

The Democratic victory in Virginia is a sign of a coming wave in 2018. If we stay on this trajectory, Democrats are going to have a very successful 2018.

What you should be watching: the margin in Alabama next month. If the margin in Alabama surprises you the way Democrats surprised you tonight, Republicans shouldn’t be bracing for a wave in 2018 — they should be bracing for a tsunami

Across Virginia and in every 2018 battleground state, Democrats are enthusiastic and motivated, while Republicans are mired in dysfunction, chaos, and controversy. They are also demoralized as a result of their inability to accomplish their legislative goals, and as a result, are lagging in support and fundraising. Furthermore, they have no strategy to move forward; for those who thought the key to success was to mimic Trump, Virginia proved otherwise, as voters […]

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NEW AD: Gillespie Calls Northern Virginia “Enemy Territory”

Following leaked audio of Ed Gillespie claiming Northern Virginia was “enemy territory” that was released yesterday, American Bridge today launched an online ad buy that highlighted the comment to Northern Virginia voters, noting that behind closed doors, Gillespie demonized one third of Virginia voters.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Ed Gillespie’s campaign has been one of the most divisive in history – from his hateful, bigoted campaign advertisements to his policies that would strip away health care from Virginians. Virginians deserves a governor who unites Virginia, not divides it like Ed Gillespie.”

Narrator: Ed Gillespie has run one of the most divisive campaigns for governor in history. Now, behind closed doors, he demonizes one third of Virginia voters, labeling Northern Virginia as “enemy territory.” We need a governor who unites Virginia, not divides it.

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Obama, Clinton Voices Featured In New American Bridge GOTV Digital Ad

Just days away from the Virginia gubernatorial election American Bridge released a second Get-Out-The-Vote digital ad encouraging progressive voters to vote.

The latest ad highlights the days following Election Day one year ago, urging voters to turn out to vote on Tuesday, noting that a drop in turnout is what swayed the election in the end. The ad includes footage from Hillary Clinton’s concession speech and President Obama’s recent campaign event with Ralph Northam in Virginia.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:
“The stakes could not be higher in the Virginia governor’s race, where Ed Gillespie has fully embraced Donald Trump’s hateful, bigoted campaign playbook. Don’t let this happen again.”

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LEAKED AUDIO: Gillespie Calls Northern Virginia “Enemy Territory”

In a newly released audio recording obtained by American Bridge, Republican nominee Ed Gillespie calls Northern Virginia, which contains nearly a third of the state’s diverse population, “enemy territory.”

During a Gillespie fundraiser on September 14 at the home of Suzanne and Mark Obenshain, Mr. Obenshain notes that he’d seen Gillespie campaigning at a Metro stop in the area, at which point Gillespie jumps in, calling the area “enemy territory.”

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Ed Gillespie has divided Virginians during his entire campaign for Governor – from his hateful campaign advertisements to his policies that would take away health care from Virginians — this is just the latest example of his divisive campaign.”

 

Gillespie Calls Northern Virginia “Enemy Territory”

Transcript:

Mark Obenshain: And they are prepared to take Virginia on a hard-left turn, and we have a great opportunity this year. It’s why […]

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American Bridge Rolls out Series of GOTV Digital Ads

Today, American Bridge launched a series of Get-Out-The-Vote ads in Virginia. Targeting democratic and progressive voters, these ads will encourage Virginia voters to show up at their polls and vote for the Democratic ticket on November 7th.

The first ad, focused on women’s health, calls out Republican nominee Ed Gillespie for wanting to “turn back the clock for women.” During this campaign, Ed Gillespie has admitted he wanted to ban abortion, sounding more like his friend Trump’s plan to punish women for having an abortion. In 2012, Ed Gillespie was the “brain child” behind Conscious Cause, a group that aimed to strip away the birth control mandate from the Affordable Care Act.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“From wanting to ban abortion to weakening birth control access, Gillespie doesn’t trust women to make their own decisions about their body. Northam trusts women. The […]

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WATCH: Corey Stewart speaks for Trump: “We Want Ed To Win”

Just a week from the general election, Stewart said today that he thought it was a mistake for Ed Gillespie to distance himself from Trump. But regardless of Gillespie’s ghosting on both Stewart and Trump during his campaign, Stewart also said that he and Trump were unified in their steadfast support for Gillespie.
American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:
“Make no mistake-Trump and Stewart are on the Gillespie team because Gillespie has adopted their disgusting racist rhetoric and policies throughout this campaign. A vote for Gillespie is a vote for Trump, plain and simple.”

Transcript:
Question: “What is your feeling that Mr. Gillespie has not invited you to appear with him?”
Corey Stewart: “That’s fine. Look, he sees me as the extension of the President. You know, their position is we need to try to reach out to more independent voters and that’s their decision. […]

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#EnronEd Disrupts Maro Rubio-Ed Gillespie Rally

Just 8 days out from the Virginia gubernatorial election, American Bridge spokespeople appeared outside a joint Marco Rubio-Ed Gillespie rally to hand out Enron Ed’s résumé– highlighting Gillespie’s long career as a Washington lobbyist. Lowlights from Gillespie’s sorted past include serving as a student loan industry lobbyist, an asbestos lobbyist, a social security privatization lobbyist, and, of course, an Enron lobbyist.

Enron Ed was joined by protesters from CASA In Action protesting Gillespie’s bigoted, anti-immigrant campaign ads.

Here’s the local Fox News Coverage:

A copy of the résumé and photos of the event are attached.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Ed Gillespie has shown his true colors during this campaign — by adopting  Donald Trump’s horrifying bigoted attacks in the hopes they will help his flailing campaign. Virginians know the truth: Ed Gillespie will sell them out for a buck or for a political […]

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