Welcome to the Democratic Governors Association’s Friday newsletter, The Weekender.
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Virginia: On Thursday, the Washington Post Editorial Board endorsed Terry McAuliffe for governor of Virginia, calling him a “legendary dealmaker … and a skilled and responsible steward of taxpayer funds and the state economy.” The endorsement highlights McAuliffe’s record of economic success in creating jobs and bringing business to Virginia. It also applauds his “sweeping, detailed agenda” for governor, which centers on education and equity. On the other hand, Glenn Youngkin has “almost no policy proposals beyond a commission to tighten rules on nearly nonexistent election fraud.” Calling him an “untested politician,” the Editorial Board slammed Youngkin for playing “footsie with the scurrilously anti-democratic ‘big lie.’”
New Jersey: Jack Ciattarelli had another bad week. Since headlining a Trump-supporting “Stop the Steal” rally with Confederate flags and white supremacists in November 2020, Ciattarelli has desperately tried to rewrite history. But Ciattarelli’s lies lose traction in the face of a newly-released video showing him speaking in front of a “Stop the Steal” sign and a promotional flyer for the rally that prominently featured him. Ciattarelli’s campaign continues to hide the truth, which comes as no surprise to those familiar with his pattern of deceit, including asking a crowd of far-right Republicans for some “wiggle room” to mislead voters about his extreme positions. When it comes to Ciattarelli’s far-right politics, New Jerseyans won’t forgive him for embracing extremism for his own political benefit.
“‘No’ is not the only thing that was expressed tonight. I want to focus on what we said ‘yes’ to as a state. We said yes to science, we said yes to vaccines, we said yes to ending this pandemic.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on his decisive victory in the Republican-led recall.