Bloomberg’s anti-gun PAC dropping $1.1 million for McAuliffe in Virginia race

posted at 3:21 pm on October 22, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Get excited, Virginia: You’ve got the full Bloomberg treatment coming your way, via Politico:

Michael Bloomberg’s pro-gun-control super PAC will drop $1.1 million on ads for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final two weeks of the Virginia governor’s race.

“Terry McAuliffe and his allies are spending tens of millions of dollars in an attempt to buy Virginia’s governor’s mansion and impose an idealogical agenda that will severely restrict Virginian’s Second Amendment rights, hike energy prices for Virginia families and undermine our right-to-work laws,” said Cuccinelli communications director Richard T. Cullen.

Cuccinelli is trailing in the polls, partly because he is getting so massively outspent on television. Groups like Planned Parenthood, the National Education Association and billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer have poured in millions.

“McAuliffe’s liberal supporters like Steyer and now Mayor Bloomberg aren’t pumping millions into this race for a few laughs,” said Cullen. “They’re doing so because they expect a return on their investment.”

OK… I confess that I was rather bemused when I read this, so let’s go ahead and walk through it. Terry McAuliffe is currently leading the Virginia governor’s race by an RCP average of more than seven points, and he’s already flooding the airwaves and outspending Ken Cuccinelli by a full-on 2-to-1 ratio. McAuliffe’s fundraising skills and ultra-rich donor buddies have definitely come in mighty handy, and barring any major mishaps or some pretty wild Republican turnout numbers, it looks more or less like he has this deeply negative race well in hand as the slightly less disliked of two widely disliked candidates.

Cuccinelli’s strategy of the final few weeks of the race seems to have shifted to rallying the base in the more central and southern regions and really getting the grassroots fired up in order to encourage the aforementioned possibility for Republican turnout. It’s a necessary battle in the larger war to push back against Virginia’s encroaching purplishness — purplishness much like, say, Colorado’s, where the interference of Michael Bloomberg’s big money helped to fuel a successful grassroots movement to recall two state senators.

So… is that entirely wise? Dumping a million smackers into Cory Booker’s New Jersey race was a solid move in a safely blue state, but I’d posit that Virginia shares a lot more characteristics with Colorado on the gun-control front than New Jersey, New York, Illinois, or what have you. Virginia has successfully relaxed a handful of gun-control laws over the past few years with both success and applause, and gun-related crime has been on the decline while gun sales have been soaring. Earlier this summer, current Gov. Bob McDonnell publicly told Bloomberg and his gun control ilk to take a hike, and an August Quinnipiac poll affirmed that 52 percent of Old Dominion voters would invite Bloomberg to do the same.

Then again, the Republican camp did try to make a bigger issue out of the fact that McAuliffe is on board with background checks on private sales, magazine capacity limits, and a return to the absurdity of the one-handgun-per-month rule, and it didn’t seem to catch on as a major campaign issue about which Virginians would be ready to raise some hell.

The Bloomberg ad buy is going to be confined to the DC markets, i.e. the more bluish and very populous NoVa region, and McAuliffe has indeed actively been courting Bloomberg to go ahead and get involved for a few months now. Even if inviting gun-control discussion isn’t opening up the proverbial can of worms that could inspire some Republican backlash, I can hardly imagine that McAuliffe encouraging the barely-tolerated image of himself as a national schmoozy Democrat with a bunch of sleezy connections, rather than a true Virginia politician well acquainted with local concerns, is a great idea — but evidently he thinks the juice will eventually be worth the squeeze.


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Mayor Bloomsoros.

Akzed on October 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Good lord.
Please.
No McAwful!

Cuccinelli is no extremist. I can’t see any self-respecting Virginian voting for carpetbagger and statist McAwful. Ugh.

freedomfirst on October 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Friggin’ outside money!

freedomfirst on October 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM

McAuliffe leads in the polls, but the Blooming would actually hurt him. Maybe he’s getting cocky.

22044 on October 22, 2013 at 3:29 PM

McAuliffe leads in the polls, but the Blooming would actually hurt him. Maybe he’s getting cocky.

22044 on October 22, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Beat me to it.

Yep, Bloomie must be a slow learner. We all saw what just happened in Colorado, thanks to all the money he pumped into anti-2A politicians in that state.

UltimateBob on October 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

This could actually be good for Cuccinelli – if he makes proper use of it.
In the Colorado recall races, I really believe the ads about Bloomingidiot’s donation to the Dems actually helped the recall effort succeed.

dentarthurdent on October 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Bloomberg may be cuccinelli’s only chance.

Cindy Munford on October 22, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Virginians are chomping at the bit to vote for a pro-abortion, anti-coal, anti-gun, ultra-liberal-criminal-demoturd.

Pork-Chop on October 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM

So help me out.

A guy from NY is running for Governor of Virginia.

He brings in a failed Secretary of State from NY to campaign for him.

He takes millions of dollars from an extremist, liberal NY mayor.

This is Virginia we are talking about- correct? Or is Virginia (sadly) looking to become NY, South?

Marcus Traianus on October 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Pork-Chop on October 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM

As a Virginian living in Florida, I wish that was snark but I don’t think it is.

Cindy Munford on October 22, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Why?

So Bloomberg can finally say he backed a candidate that won.

portlandon on October 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Sadly I don’t see this changing much. We’re seeing a trend nationwide (even internationally if you want to include Egypt!) of voters seemingly ignoring everything a candidate says they will do, voting for that person, and then being shocked when that candidate does what they say they’ll do. No one approaches elections seriously anymore. McAullife has stated his positions on everything from guns to abortion to coal, and it hasn’t made a bit of difference because Cuccinelli is going to ban sex or something – just like uber-conservative Mitt Romney was going to do.

We get the leaders we deserve.

datroy on October 22, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Uhm… why?

Dude, barrel shrouds! Need I say more?

NotCoach on October 22, 2013 at 3:51 PM

This is Virginia we are talking about- correct? Or is Virginia (sadly) looking to become NY, South?

Marcus Traianus on October 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM

The cash migration from DC to NY is very strong within the socialist McAuliffe Democratic machine!

Virginia has little to do with this power grab.

Freddy on October 22, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Best news Cuccinelli has received in a while.

GOPRanknFile on October 22, 2013 at 3:51 PM

OT

I was in my little world trying to forget my worries when who should I pass at the train station? That venal Charlie Rangel. Or is it Rangle? Ruined my afternoon.

freedomfirst on October 22, 2013 at 3:56 PM

If anyone hasn’t figured it out, there is no longer any demarcation between the power brokers, and power mongers of the two parties.

Rich Libs buy GOP members, and RINOs buy shares in DEMs

This is the reason for all the anti Tea Party propaganda. The natives are getting restless and throwing a monkey wrench in the machinery of the oligarcy

What tea party protestors did, has caused the power mongers to frantically step up their attempts to buy both parties. It is now overt and ugly. This is the same reason for the overkill anti tea party campaign.

The first shot was fired in the Rubio/Ryan Amnesty ads, which were not done to convince conservative talk radio listeners on Amnesty. It was done to convince conservative talk show listeners they were outgunned. That is one big reason the ads were written to be abrasive. The ads were run at huge expense in every conservative time slot. The more people complained, the more they ramped the ads.

It is brass knuckle time

entagor on October 22, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Great news! That worked out great for Senators in Colorado.

cajunpatriot on October 22, 2013 at 3:59 PM

I agree this is good for Cuccinelli. Will he be able to use it to good effect?

freedomfirst on October 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

entagor nails it.

Murphy9 on October 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Bloomberg is buying the Virginia Governorship to continue and extend his campaign of terrorizing Virginia gun dealers. Have you forgotten his “monitoring” program? This also serves to intimidate other nearby Governors or show them the way to extra campaign cash.

M240H on October 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

OT
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/10/22/mccain-considering-running-again-in-2016/

katy the mean old lady on October 22, 2013 at 3:57 PM

He needs to be primaried. We can definitely get someone conservative in AZ.

GOPRanknFile on October 22, 2013 at 4:03 PM

katy the mean old lady on October 22, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Speculation to begin on whether Palin will primary him?

Bmore on October 22, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Michael Bloomberg – Nothing more than a George Soros ‘Mini-Me’…

Athos on October 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Murphy9 on October 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Yep.

Cindy Munford on October 22, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Bloomberg only hurts McAuliffe if Cuccinelli can get his message out.

Iblis on October 22, 2013 at 4:27 PM

It’s all hands on deck to turn VA a solid blue. And with that, I’m changing my mind about buying more property here.

changer1701 on October 22, 2013 at 4:39 PM

I agree this is good for Cuccinelli. Will he be able to use it to good effect?

freedomfirst on October 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Sadly, Cuccinelli and his team have not been very effective at responding to attacks from McAuliffe and outside liberal groups.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/22/New-Poll-Confirms-What-Republicans-Have-Known-For-Months-Cuccinelli-is-Losing-Virginia-Governor-s-Race

Pork-Chop on October 22, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Tea Party activists in Virginia are not surprised that the Cuccinelli campaign has performed so poorly. The problem, they believe, began when Cuccinelli hired a campaign team staffed heavily by Washington insider Republican consultants.

That error by itself could have been overcome, but the Cuccinelli team then proceeded to give Tea Party activists and groups around the Commonwealth the cold shoulder. Eager to help Cuccinelli win by providing the power and energy of a vigorous ground game, Tea Party activists were given no opportunity to be involved in the campaign.

This fundamental strategic error drew all of the energy out of the Cuccinelli campaign, and was compounded on August 15 by Cuccinelli’s own ill-advised criticism of the grassroots for their lack of interest in volunteering for his campaign. Activists throughout the Commonwealth saw Cuccinelli’s comments as a public slap in the face, and many have subsequently washed their hands of both the candidate and the campaign team.

Rather than working with the grassroots on the development of a ground game and get-out-the-vote infrastructure, the Cuccinelli campaign has relied on television ads and press releases. Some of these press releases have been considered sophomoric by Tea Party activists.

An “RRR” spoof poll released by the Cuccinelli campaign in late August is the most visible example of the campaign’s communications missteps. In an effort to counter the polls released by the PPP company, a well known left leaning polling firm, all of which show McAuliffe with a strong lead and Cuccinelli with high negatives, the Cuccinelli campaign has issued a series of press releases about phony polls conducted by the fake “RRR” (Republican Republican Republican) polling firm that purportedly show Cuccinelli with a significant lead.

Tea Party activists in Virginia are reluctant to publicly criticize the Cuccinelli campaign because of their loyalty and affection for Cuccinelli personally. However, they have been eager to offer suggestions to Attorney General Cuccinelli on how he can turn his campaign around. Unfortunately, few, if any of them have been able to even obtain a hearing from the Cuccinelli campaign team to communicate these views.

Breitbart.

Good luck rallying the base.

Wethal on October 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM

I thought Democrats were AGAINST “buying” elections. Guess it all depends on who is “buying”.

GarandFan on October 22, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Bloomberg’s anti-gun PAC dropping $1.1 million for McAuliffe in Virginia race

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Why?
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Walking around money…????

ExpressoBold on October 22, 2013 at 5:25 PM

I thought Democrats were AGAINST “buying” elections. Guess it all depends on who is “buying”.

GarandFan on October 22, 2013 at 5:21 PM

You got that right.
They’re only against the NRA or any right wing organization buying an election.

dentarthurdent on October 22, 2013 at 5:35 PM

This is the first I’ve heard of any mention of gun control in this election.

Sarvis is pro-second amendment, BTW.

RayinVA on October 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. The average citizen is completely divorced from what’s happening to the country. They just want to keep living their lives and watching sports. This indifference is what will put us into chains.

Hannibal on October 22, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Wethal on October 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM

I hate being taken for granted and about 4 million folks felt the same way during the 2012 elections.

Cindy Munford on October 22, 2013 at 6:25 PM

They’re advertising that they have money to burn.

David Blue on October 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

It’s not just the anti 2nd stuff with Bloomy. He’s also tried a lot of other nanny tricks on New Yorkers that have been front page news, like no salt and smaller sodas, as well as trying to stamp out smoking. VA used to be a big tobacco growing area, Cucch should try bring up all these points. Forget the state becoming Detroit, McSleeze will turn VA into CA.

Kissmygrits on October 23, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Nice to see some 2ndA issues come up.
From the adverts and news, I was thinking
all T-Mac was worried about was
getting legally fellated in the
Commonwealth.

‘course, he IS campaigning with Bill…

Byrd Machine on October 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM