Opinion: Northam knows the importance of kindness, hard work and dedication to his country and to his state




What They Are Really Saying:

Northam “knows the importance of kindness, hard work and dedication to his country and to his state.”

With 16 days left until Election Day, Virginians across the commonwealth are touting Ralph Northam’s record of public service and hopeful, positive policy agenda—and speaking out against Ed Gillespie’s years in Washington and “bully[ing]” and “misleading” campaign. As Patty Bates notes, Virginia wants a leader who “knows the importance of kindness, hard work and dedication to his country and to his state”—not a ‘Washington, D.C., corporate lobbyist.’”

Check out what Virginians—not electeds—are really saying about the contrast between Northam and Gillespie—and what’s at stake in this race:




Julie Kay, Fredericksburg: “Next time you see a Gillespie ad, think about what he is saying. His ads are designed to make you afraid. That is the sign of a bully. I, for one, don’t want a bully as my governor. I want a real man who will treat me as a partner in making Virginia safer and stronger economically, while focusing on a clean environment for my family.” — Fredericksburg Free Lance Star, 10/20/17

Douglas Mullins Jr., Pound: “Ralph Northam is willing to invest into this vision! He sees it. He understands it. He grew up in rural Virginia. Along with Ralph, I believe UVA-Wise can model the growth of institutions like Radford University and Appalachian State University. I’m respectfully asking you to go vote for Ralph on November 7th. We’ve been given a seat at the policy table. Let’s grow our schools and our population. Let’s be even more relevant. Let’s give our graduates all kinds of educational, professional and economic reasons to live here!” — Roanoke Times: Letter: Northam Will Invest in Southwest Virginia, 10/20/2017

Patty Bates, Virginia Beach: “The writer is correct that Northam is a most decent man and a first-rate doctor as well as a veteran. He knows the importance of kindness, hard work and dedication to his country and to his state. […] Gillespie, on the other hand, has never been elected to a public office. He was a successful Washington, D.C., corporate lobbyist. One of his clients was Enron. That company’s collapse wiped out thousands of jobs and $2 billion in lost pensions. His “system” is promoting corporate welfare in our nation’s capital.” — Virginian Pilot: Letter: The politician we need: Ralph Northam, 10/21/17

Dave Goodridge, Smithfield: “A Republican state Sen. Frank Wagner pointed out in the Virginia gubernatorial primary last spring, Ed Gillespie’s claim that his proposed 10 percent tax cut would result in an increase of $1,285 in the average Virginia household’s disposable income is misleading and needs to be corrected. […] For a household earning the $66,000 median, the 10 percent tax savings would amount to only about $327 a year, not the $1,285 Gillespie touts.” Virginian-Pilot: Letter: Redoing Gillespie’s numbers, 10/17/2017



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