Welcome to the Democratic Governors Association’s Friday newsletter, The Weekender.
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Virginia: Glenn Youngkin is in hot water once again for his extremist views and partisan pandering. A new ad from Terry McAuliffe’s campaign highlights a secretly-recorded video of Youngkin admitting he wants to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood. To make matters worse, Youngkin admitted he’s trying to hide his right-wing views to win votes. Despite making his shady comments in private, Youngkin has also been exposed for funneling money to extreme anti-choice Republicans. Youngkin’s far-right agenda also includes cutting taxes for the ultra-rich and fueling Donald Trump’s deadly conspiracy theories. McAuliffe’s ad makes it clear: Glenn Youngkin is wrong for Virginia.
New Jersey: COVID responses are dominating the New Jersey gubernatorial race, and Jack Ciattarelli is on the wrong side of the issue. While Gov. Phil Murphy provides strong and consistent leadership, Ciattarelli has opposed commonsense public health precautions. Beyond his base audience of far-right Trump loyalists, Ciattarelli is out of step with New Jerseyans, 67% of whom favor mask requirements for students and school district staff. In the top issue of the race, the pandemic, Gov. Murphy has a “clear advantage” of 25 points with more voters trusting him to handle the pandemic, compared to just 21% trusting Ciattarelli. Voters also trust Gov. Murphy over Ciattarelli when it comes to jobs and the economy.
“I’m going to be the best damn governor this state has ever seen.”
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on leading as the state’s first woman governor.