The Weekender (10/1/21)
Welcome to the Democratic Governors Association’s Friday newsletter, The Weekender.
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|Virginia: Terry McAuliffe once again emerged as the clear winner of this week’s debate, outlining his positive agenda for the Commonwealth and citing his track record of delivering economic success and progress for Virginians. McAuliffe understands that the best way to put the pandemic behind us once and for all is by getting as many Virginians as possible vaccinated. In the debate, he laid out a plan to do just that by ensuring child care providers, state employees, teachers, and health care workers are vaccinated. Opposing vaccines will prolong the pandemic, kill job growth, and threaten lives — and it’s exactly what will happen if Glenn Youngkin, who promised to remove vaccination requirements on ‘day one,’ is elected governor. McAuliffe’s ads “Small Smiles” and “Neglect” explained to voters who Youngkin is — a man willing to put Virginians at risk to line his own pockets. Youngkin’s role in the abuse of children and the elderly makes him unfit for Virginia, and when asked if he would support another Trump bid for the White House, he stated, “I’ll support him.” Virginians have the opportunity to continue to move forward with McAuliffe towards a better, fairer Virginia or move backward with Youngkin’s extreme agenda. As DGA Political Director Marshall Cohen said, “The choice could not be clearer.”
New Jersey: This week, Gov. Phil Murphy and Jack Ciattarelli went head to head in the New Jersey’s first gubernatorial debate. While Gov. Murphy delivered solutions for keeping New Jersey safe throughout the pandemic, strengthening New Jersey’s economy, and improving access to affordable healthcare, Ciattarelli repeated the same extremist lies and unpopular policies that have put him behind in this race since the start. Ciattarelli spouted unpopular positions on LGBTQ+ rights, gun laws, and once again defended his attendance at a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally. Off the stage, “Main Street Jack Ciattarelli” and his business came under fire after the Star-Ledger released a report exposing Ciattarelli for making millions pushing doctors to overprescribe harmful opioids. If Ciattarelli hoped for a chance to claw his way back into the race, he failed.