WASHINGTON (CNN) – A Republican political action committee launched the first negative ads of the Virginia gubernatorial race on Wednesday, accusing Democrat Creigh Deeds of supporting wasteful government spending.
The ads - one on TV and one on the radio - come one day after the Republican candidate, Bob McDonnell, unveiled an upbeat ad promising to make Virginia "the energy capital of the East Coast."
Wednesday's ad, titled "Big Spender," was created by a group called Virginia Common Sense PAC, an offshoot of the Republican Governors Association. The 30-second ad will air statewide, except in the costly northern Virginia media market.
The ad shows video of Deeds on the campaign trail in April, before his victory in the Democratic primary, telling voters that in early 2008 he offered $1 billion in state budget amendments - the highest amount sought by any state senator.
(Story updated with reaction after the jump)
"Big spender Creigh Deeds," a female narrator says. "Know him by his words. Know him by his deeds."
The budget amendment factoid came from the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star - but the ad does not mention the fact that $870 million of Deeds' spending proposals, to be distributed over two years, were aimed at raising teacher salaries to the national average.
The ad was released along with a minute-long radio ad, also running statewide, that likens Deeds to "Washington politicians spending billions every week." The McDonnell campaign is making a major effort to tie Deeds to President Obama and the administration's economic agenda, an attempt to portray the Democratic candidate as too liberal for Virginia voters.
"Creigh Deeds is proud of his spending, and he brags about it in speeches," says the narrator in the radio ad.
The Deeds campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ad.
UPDATE: The Deeds team responded by linking McDonnell to Obama's predecessor. "It's no surprise that Bob McDonnell would attack Creigh Deeds for trying to raise teacher salaries, since McDonnell repeatedly voted against Virginia's public schools," said Deeds campaign spokesman Jared Leopold. "This ad is just another attempt to deflect attention from Bob McDonnell's support for George W. Bush's economic policies."
UPDATE 2: Virginia Republicans point out that Common Sense Virginia - an arm of the Democratic Governors Assocation - went negative early, spending more than $3 million on TV ads pummeling McDonnell this spring. That was before the general election, when three Democratic candidates were mired in a tough primary battle. McDonnell, however, was already the GOP nominee at that point.
"The ads — one on TV and one on the radio — come one day after the Republican candidate, Bob McDonnell, unveiled an upbeat ad promising to make Virginia "the energy capital of the East Coast."
It's true too! Bob McDonnell is FULL of hot air....we can harness it! Every time he speaks, a whole city is lit from the energy of his HOT AIR! Who cares if he lies and has no ethics, it's about the energy we can gain from all that pathological lying hot air bag he spews!
Vote for incompetence and ignorance....vote for a republican!
Is it not possible for politicians to tell the voters why they are the best candidate?? Can I be the only person who is sick to DEATH of negative campaigns!!! I'm not an idiot – I can distinguish between two plans.....
where are the ads about Corzine. He's been whining in NJ about a loan that Christie made when he's made deal after deal after deal with Carla Katz, his HO, who doubles as a union boss before she got thrown out.
And yet Corzine is STILL gaining on Christie. I'm guessing he's pumping billions of his Goldman Sachs money into getting re-elected so he can further destroy NJ.
CHRISTIE IN 2010!!!
imagine, Carla Katz is TOO SCUMMY for the Unions yet she's still making side deals with Corzine while NJ is bleeding money.
We need to get him out of NJ but quick!
The democrats have created a $9 trillion deficit in less than a year of taking power. A democrat supporting out of control spending is as newsworthy as Obama reading from his teleprompter.
I don't know anything about Craig Deeds...but what I've seen over the last 8 months (and the last 8 years) is that when one party controls the executive and the legislature they get out of control. The best thing that could happen to this country is for the Republicans to take over the House, split the Senate 50/50, a Democratic White House and about 50/50 with governors....I'm fed up with the Democrats crazy liberal plans and was fed up with the Republicans when they controlled everything. Lets get balance....lets get 3rd parties and even 4th parties. Too much power in one party is bad.
The Iraq war is wasteful spending
GOP doesn’t know the meaning of wasteful !!!!!!!!!!!!
So....a Republican group is the first to launch an attack ad.
Will this stuff ever end? On BOTH sides.
Listen, folks, either grow up or go home. We've got problems to solve and this stuff doesn't help anyone.
Stop all the screaming, ranting and raving. Sit down and CALMLY figure out solutions.
All the GOP knows how to do is attack. Sick of it.
If he wanted to raise pay for teachers in order to bring it in line with the national average, then thats an investment worth making. I doubt there would have been any complaints from the GOP Governor's Association if he had advocated 1 billion in tax cuts for the uber-wealthy.
McDonnell has learned a lot about generating fear from the Bush/Rove campaign. It would be refreshing to see a candidate not stoop to using half truths.
"The ads — one on TV and one on the radio — come one day after the Republican candidate, Bob McDonnell, unveiled an upbeat ad promising to make Virginia "the energy capital of the East Coast."."
I guess that would mean negative energy, right GOP?
GOP, please present a plan or is the plan of the GOP just attacks.
What Nation have we become that we address things only through attacks.
More civility is the USA we all love.
Wake up America and say no to lies, attacks and fear
America,- embrace HOPE
This is news worthy? This is everyday DNC politics. Why does it make the ticker when its a Republicans. And "no" is an alternative. 72% of Americans have health care coverage and like it.
You would think that the right wing nuts would be celebrating that manufacturing orders are up, that housing sales are up, that housing prices are up, that cash for clunkers was successful, and the stock market is up over 1300 points since Obama became president.
Oh, now I remember, they really want America to fail under Obama.
We should send all Repulicans to Iraq to fight the lie of a war they started.
Bob McDonnell is simply 'Pat Robertson in sheep's clothing' ..... so 'Bobo' better be careful with the name calling ..... because there are some doozies that can be coined for him ........
Republican Congressional candidates once again lead Democrats by a 43% to 38% margin this week, this is now the ninth straight ballot the GOP has held a modest advantage.
It's time for Hope and Change. Vote the democrats out....we've seen how much damage they can do in just 7 months.
The problem with politicians is that they think the American public is ignorant and believes all of their lies. The problem with the American public is that too often we prove politicians right!
More Republican HYPOCRITES
Where was all the outrage when Bush was digging us into this crater sized fiscal hole
H Y P O C R I T E S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Virginia, New Jersey , New Yorjk govenors going Repub is just the start....2010 mid-terms will be a blood bath for the Dems...............they had their chance and blew it...............................seems about right
the republicans are the party of domestic terrorist i'm sorry to say
Liberals are such hypocrites. Sick of them.
I love the fact that the Dems can smell GOP hypocracy from five miles away yet Hypocracy pole dances five feet away and the Dems cannot see that! I guess its easier to see the poop in someone else's house than in your own!
The continuous party of non-cooperation for the public good strikes again. Now let me say that the cornerstone of capitalism, COMPETITION, is a very bad trait to base a system upon. Cooperation would be a better idea if we truly sought progress. The idea that we could suspend self-interest, end the dichotomy of opposing interests/goals to foster the one mind we require to confront and address our monumental issues. Now this is the world I'd like to see realized. Too bad that so many are indoctrinated into this Money system that they will not even envision a more equal and equitable way to live. We cannot do until we can believe! Let tobacco compnies divest and heal the afflicted, let money be aolished as we shift the paradigm to include rather than exclude. Don't see this very soon with the bunch of dinosaurs who just will not ever enact real change as they continue to oppress the masses with servitude to their elite plutocracy. Peace, Jane/Seattle.