Welcome to the Democratic Governors Association’s Friday newsletter, The Weekender.
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Virginia: This week at the Virginia FREE leadership luncheon, Glenn Youngkin dodged questions about abortion and expressed frustration that he was being asked about the issue despite urgent nationwide calls to protect women’s right to choose. While Terry McAuliffe has repeatedly confirmed his support for abortion rights, Youngkin avoids questions while funneling money to help elect Republicans who share his anti-abortion views. Youngkin’s attempt to hide his extremist position is no surprise since he was caught on camera promising to go “on offense” to defund Planned Parenthood and ban abortions if elected governor, but admitted he’s hiding his unpopular views from voters to get elected. Codifying Roe v. Wade into law has become a “huge motivator” in governor’s races, but Youngkin still won’t talk about abortion, which raises the question: if he’s afraid to say what he thinks, why is he even running in the first place?
New Jersey: Last weekend, a scathing report from the Star-Ledger highlighted the immediate blowback from public health experts after Republican nominee Jack Ciattarelli falsely claimed that “children are not vulnerable to this virus.” Health experts say Ciattarelli’s lies are not only false but also harmful. Ciattarelli has a long history of putting New Jersey children at risk. In July, the Republican came under fire for vowing to end LGBTQ+ curriculum in schools and abolishing requirements for schoolchildren to get vaccinations for dangerous diseases like the mumps. Ciattarelli’s opposition to vaccines is deeply out of touch with New Jersey values. A recent Monmouth poll showed New Jerseyans overwhelmingly support masks in schools. Meanwhile, Gov. Murphy has shown unwavering leadership by following the science and mandating masks in schools to keep kids, teachers, and their loved ones safe.
“Virginia, you have my word: I will never stop fighting for reproductive rights and your right to choose.”
Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.