Given the Republican attacks against U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D) for his support of Obamacare are unlikely to fade, Democrats in Virginia threw a counter-punch today with the launch of GillespieCare.com, a website highlighting a seemingly shifting position of Warner's senatorial challenger, the GOP's Ed Gillespie.
For months Republicans and the Gillespie campaign have hammered Warner for his support of the Affordable Care Act, pointing out one unnerving news report after another on the problems of the president's signature health care law.
"Mark Warner made the job-killing regulations and choice-limiting mandates at the heart of Obamacare possible, and now he's desperate to cover his tracks,” Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman and lobbyist, said in an email earlier this month. “With his latest unilateral maneuver, President Obama hopes voters will re-elect Senate Democrats before we can find out how bad their bill actually is."
With today's rollout of GillespieCare.com
, Democrats are calling those attacks hypocritical.
“While Ed Gillespie was making millions as a Washington lobbyist, he had no problem advocating for an individual mandate," said Ashley Bauman, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Party of Virginia. "However, now that he's running for Senate, he's singing a completely different tune. Virginia voters should call him out for his appalling hypocrisy.”
According to Bauman, Democrats will use a multi-platform Internet advertising campaign to direct Virginians to the "Gillespiecare" website.
Paul Logan, a spokesman for the Gillespie campaign, denies his candidate ever supported an individual mandate, saying Gillespie "consistently opposed the mandates in Obamacare and forcefully argued against them" as a lobbyist.
"While Mark Warner is running as far as he can from his vote for Obamacare and his vote against removing the job-killing medical device tax, his friends at the Democratic Party of Virginia want to helpfully bring it up as an issue in this race," Logan said.
Polling featured at RealClearPolitics.com
shows Warner with a comfortable double-digit advantage eight months before Election Day.