The Weekender (7/16/21)
Welcome to the Democratic Governors Association’s Friday newsletter, The Weekender.
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|Virginia: Terry McAuliffe is delivering substantive policies for Virginia families while GOP nominee Glenn Youngkin flounders. This week, McAuliffe proposed initiatives for increasing accessibility and affordability for higher education, which are garnering support from Virginians across the state. Meanwhile, Youngkin has failed to outline a detailed plan for expanding and improving education in Virginia, as he’s hiding from debates and refusing to answer for his extreme agenda. Most recently, WTVF reported Youngkin is “still not ready to answer questions about abortion” after he got caught on camera admitting he was purposefully hiding his plan to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood.
New Jersey: Once again, GOP candidate Jack Ciattarelli has proven how out of step he is with the voters of New Jersey by campaigning with former Trump official Nikki Haley. Ciattarelli’s embrace of far-right campaign surrogates and policies, such as his promise to roll back LGBTQ+ curricula, further demonstrates that he is just another extreme Republican who’s out of touch with New Jersey values. Gov. Phil Murphy couldn’t be more different — Gov. Murphy has, time and time again, demonstrated that Dem Govs Get it Done. This week alone, Murphy joined President Biden and a bipartisan group of mayors and governors at the White House to highlight how the bipartisan infrastructure plan would benefit local communities. Gov. Murphy even received a glowing endorsement from Republican Mayor of Seaside Heights Anthony Vaz and garnered support from even more New Jersey workers. While Murphy champions bipartisan progress and fights for workers across the state, Ciattarelli has barreled right off the gangplank into the deep end of Trumpian extremism.
|“Folks, this economy is on fire. We’re gonna make sure it reaches every part of Kentucky and most importantly, it benefits each and every one of our families.”
|“Now I’m not picking fights with Republican governors. All I’m saying is that we need leaders with grit. That their first instinct is the right instinct.”
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If you guessed former congressman and Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial candidate Lou Barletta last week, you are spot on! In an interview with Sean Spicer on Newsmax, Barletta called for an audit and even claimed that “dead people have been voting for a long time” in Pennsylvania.