Welcome to the Democratic Governors Association’s Friday newsletter, The Weekender.
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Virginia: Yesterday, Glenn Youngkin’s top ally and campaign surrogate Amanda Chase made horrifying comments about a death threat made against Terry McAuliffe. Chase’s comments are the most recent example of the right-wing extremism that Youngkin has fully embraced throughout his campaign. Chase is notorious for her baseless claims that Democrats are trying to steal the election — she even attended Donald Trump’s January 6 insurrection with Steve Bannon. Chase says she has “cleared her schedule” to campaign for Youngkin ahead of the November election and also stated that she is working with the Youngkin campaign to further advance Trump’s election conspiracies in Virginia. Youngkin’s complete and total embrace of Trump and Chase is dangerous, divisive, and disqualifying for anyone seeking to be governor.
New Jersey: This week, the Murphy for Governor campaign launched its fourth general election television ad — “If You” — highlighting Gov. Phil Murphy’s vision for New Jersey. The video features Gov. Murphy’s first-term accomplishments, including making health care and education more affordable, defending the right to choose, standing up for the middle class, and many other progressive victories. Watch “If You” here. Meanwhile, Jack Ciattarelli is spending the campaign’s final stretch on Newsmax, one of Trump’s favorite far-right channels. The appearance is unsurprising from someone who attended a Stop the Steal rally with Confederate flags and white supremacists. Ciattarelli has made it clear that he values appealing to the extreme Republican base more than keeping New Jerseyans safe and fighting for the progress they deserve.