Less than a month into 2017, Ed Gillespie’s opponents are already recycling failed, misleading Democrat attacks and making up new false ones. They know Ed’s positive vision, conservative agenda, energetic campaign and ever growing ground game are unifying our party and appealing to voters all across our Commonwealth. Below are just some of the baseless attacks and misleading statements being made.
“These are the kinds of smear tactics that make good people not want to run for public office. But I know who I am and, more important, who I’m fighting for, and I won’t be deterred from winning this race for us.”— Ed Gillespie
Ed Gillespie is 100 percent pro-life. From his time as an aide to former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, to his role as Chairman of the Republican National Committee, to his 2014 U.S. senate run to now, Ed has never wavered on the cause of life. Ed is pro-life and will defend and protect innocent human life, from conception to natural death. Ed knows that life should be cherished and protected.
FACTS: PolitiFact debunked this false attack back in December. Ed Gillespie endorsed Donald Trump as soon as he clinched the Republican nomination and campaigned for the entire GOP ticket, including Virginia U.S. House candidates. He introduced then-Governor Mike Pence at two campaign rallies last year, including at a rally in Fairfax on the Saturday before the election.
FACTS: Ed’s long and successful career started as a Senate Parking lot attendant. He spent over 16 years working for Congress, the White House or the Republican National Committee. For the last 10 years, he’s run his own communications strategy firm in Alexandria, Virginia. Seven years of a 33-year career were at a government affairs firm, the last year being 2007.
FACTS: Ed Gillespie incorporated a small business in the Commonwealth in 2009. His business, Ed Gillespie Strategies, has been based in Alexandria, Virginia ever since. Proof can be found on the State Corporation Commission website. Republican candidate Denver Riggleman is also a Virginia business owner.
FACTS: Ed Gillespie’s opponents are picking up Mark Warner’s sleazy Enron attack in the 2014 senate race. Mark Warner tried and failed to use this line against Ed in 2014. Enron was one of many clients at Ed’s former firm more than 17 years ago. When Enron became a client, they were considered one of the best companies in the world, alongside Hewlett-Packard and Southwest Airlines. Ten months later, Ed’s firm parted ways with Enron after the CEO pleaded the Fifth at a Senate hearing. This is the kind of smear tactic that makes good people not want to run for public office.
As governor, Ed would stand strong against illegal immigration. Ed opposes sanctuary cities in Virginia and as governor he would sign legislation to prohibit sanctuary cities in the Commonwealth. Ed opposes giving legal identification to illegal immigrants.
Ed never called for an individual mandate in his book. In his book written more than a decade ago, Ed wrote about various principles and proposals being discussed at that time. He wrote favorably about ideas like giving tax breaks to those who bought insurance as individuals, Health Savings Accounts, and making coverage more portable by allowing insurance to be sold across state lines, but he never endorsed an individual mandate.
FACTS: Less than one percent of contributions to Let’s Grow Virginia, Ed’s PAC, and Ed Gillespie for Governor, are from Political Action Committees. Over 80 percent of his donations came from Virginia – including more than 400 small-dollar donors.