July 18, 2017 News & Press Releases

Caught on Camera: Ed Gillespie Again Brags About His Close Relationship with Trump Administration

by Democratic Party of Virginia

He’s finally come clean.

At an event yesterday, Ed Gillespie bragged on camera that he is uniquely qualified to serve as Virginia’s next governor because of his close relationships with senior members of the Trump administration:

“Having a governor who can work with a Republican House, a Republican Senate, President Trump, Vice President Pence, the Trump Administration — I think is an asset for us in Virginia,” Gillespie said.

It was a moment of truth for a campaign usually defined by misinformation and half-truths.

Ed Gillespie had finally admitted the fact that he has a direct line to the White House — and that despite his close relationship with the White House, he’s done nothing to fight for the thousands of Virginians threatened by Trump’s dangerous agenda.

Trumpcare could put 14,500 Virginians’ veterans care and decimate funding for Virginia’s mental health and opioid treatment programs. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. From attacks on women’s health to the Muslim Ban, Gillespie has proven time and again that he rather curry favor with his friends in the Trump administration than defend Virginians.

“If Ed Gillespie has a direct line to the White House, why isn’t he using it to stand up for Virginia?” said DPVA spokesperson Kevin Donohoe. “Instead of bragging about his friends in the Trump administration, Gillespie should be using his influence to fight against Trumpcare’s draconian cuts to veterans health care. Ed Gillespie has confirmed that he is running to be Donald Trump’s lobbyist in Richmond — not a fighter for all Virginians.”