Today, Senator John McCain announced that he would vote “no” on the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Sen. McCain is a close political ally of Trump-Lobbyist Gillespie and campaigned for him in 2014 — and his clear rejection of the bill only ratchets up the pressure on Gillespie to stand against this latest version of Trumpcare.
Opposing Graham-Cassidy should be a no-brainer for any Virginia gubernatorial candidate. The bill could take away health care from 839,000 Virginians — including nearly 125,000 children. Republican governors like John Kasich, John Sununu, Brian Sandoval, and Larry Hogan have all rejected the bill. Even Gillespie seemed to come out against the legislation at Thursday’s debate but — in a stunning flip-flop — told reporters minutes after the debate that he had no position on the legislation.
“While Republican heroes like Senator McCain courageously oppose Graham-Cassidy, Trump-Lobbyist Ed Gillespie is cowering in silence,” said DPVA spokesperson Kevin Donohoe. “I can only imagine the pressure Gillespie is under from the White House to stay silent. Instead of toeing the line for Trump, Gillespie should join McCain and oppose this effort to take health care away from more than 800,000 Virginians.”
WATCH GRAHAM-CASSIDY OPPONENT SEN. JOHN MCCAIN CAMPAIGN WITH TRUMP-LOBBYIST ED GILLESPIE IN 2014