Hours before the federal government shut down, Terry McAuliffe’s campaign aired a TV ad that declared “Extreme Tea Party Republicans in Washington are playing games with Virginia’s economy.”
The not-so-subtle dig at GOP rival Ken Cuccinelli reminded Virginia voters — in case anyone had forgotten — that the conservative attorney general has been a longtime tea party favorite.
McAuliffe, meanwhile, was in New York on Monday night, collecting $25,000 checks from couples at a second fundraiser hosted by Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton had already given $100,000 to his former Democratic National Committee chairman.
The day-old government shutdown, and the smoldering debate over Obamacare, have both gubernatorial candidates jousting for political advantage barely four weeks before Election Day, Watchdog.org reported Tuesday.