- Created on Friday, 01 November 2013 11:31
- Written by AMAC
Washington, DC - A promising GOP strategy is getting a try out in the hotly contested gubernatorial election campaign in Virginia. It's based on the simple premise that Democrats have a morbid fear of being identified as liberals, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
"America is a nation of conservatives. Gallup research shows that only about 20% of the population call themselves liberal. AMAC's own appeal and success is due in large part to the fact that we established ourselves as the conservative alternative to such liberal organizations as AARP. It's also the reason why Democrats running for office will do anything to avoid the 'liberal' moniker. That's the idea behind the campaign the national Super Pac, Fight For Tomorrow [FFT], is successfully waging in support of Republican Ken Cuccinelli who is seeking to be the next Governor of Virginia," Weber explained.
Cuccinelli is perhaps best known as the first state Attorney General to file suit in an effort to overturn Obamacare. His rival, Terry McAuliffe, is "a liberal with somewhat of a shady past who has the wherewithal to raise big bucks for left leaning causes. The New York Times described him as 'a political rainmaker, carnival barker and Clinton appendage,' a reference to his close ties to former President Bill Clinton."
Weber said that McAuliffe's campaign strategy in Virginia was to go on the attack by smearing Cuccinelli early and often.
It's the standard approach employed by Democrats in recent years, according to Fight For Tomorrow Executive Director Matt Mackowiak. "Their tactic: isolate the Republican with a furious barrage of attack ads."
The Super Pac's response has been a series of well-placed print and broadcast ads in which "we are detailing why we believe that McAuliffe is a stand in for a Gang of Five whom we identify as the extreme liberal leadership of the Democratic Party, the elite media, smear groups financed by anti-American foreigner Soros and mega rich environmentalists, Wall Street liberals and Hollywood partisans. We charge that the attack ads are meant to cover McAuliffe's hidden agenda of high taxes, government regulation, health care rationing, high gas prices, collapsing public pensions, pay offs to union bosses and Hollywood values in our schools."
Weber noted that the ads have been working. "McAuliffe was well ahead just a few weeks ago, but now Cuccinelli is nipping at his heels in a race that is only a few days away. Tuesday's ballot will offer voters a true choice between a liberal candidate with an ideological agenda and a conservative who seeks to protect and preserve American values and tradition."
The liberal versus conservative strategy is worthy of national attention, Weber added. "It might just be the way to retake Congress in 2014."