There is something wrong with the system, we need to change the system,” York said.He talked of offenders getting out after a couple years, re-offending and ruining families and our future.[Obama assails Gillespie’s MS-13 ads, calling them “as cynical as it gets” ] Most public polls indicate that the race will be tight.Political observers are watching the contest — the only competitive governor’s race in the nation this year — as a referendum on Trump and a hint of what could come in next years’s congressional midterms.[Mc Auliffe restores voting rights] Virginia is one of a handful of states that permanently disenfranchises felons.The Virginia Constitution, however, gives the governor authority to restore the right to vote, serve on a jury and run for public office. Mc Donnell (R), simplified and accelerated that process, but Mc Auliffe took it to a new level.A Pottsville Republican Herald Unlimited Access subscription gets you complete access to both our print and digital publications, delivered to your home, desktop and mobile devices 7 days a week Subscribe to home delivery or digital Digital Services Have news alerts sent to your mobile device, read the e-Edition sign up for daily newsletters, activate your unlimited access, enter contests, take quizzes, download our mobile apps and see the latest e-circulars.
Mc Auliffe (D) on Monday tore into Gillespie for what he saw as an attack on one of his signature achievements in office — one that Northam, as a member of Mc Auliffe’s administration, has called “one of our greatest feats.” “It’s based on the same fears and same division we saw from Donald Trump,” Mc Auliffe said during a conference call with news media that was hastily arranged to respond to the ad. Ralph believes all Virginians who have served their time and are law-abiding should have their rights restored, and that’s never changed.“This is a page right out of Donald Trump’s playbook. Ed knows that and should be ashamed.” Coming two weeks before Election Day, the ad doubles down on the law-and-order theme that Gillespie’s campaign thinks will play well with suburban swing voters as well as conservatives who voted for Trump last year.For weeks, Gillespie has aired ads that seek to blame Northam for the rise of the MS-13 street gang.“Last year, Terry Mc Auliffe and Ralph Northam instituted the automatic restoration of rights for violent felons and sex offenders, making it easier for them to obtain firearms and allowing them to serve on juries,” the ad begins.“One of these felons, John Bowen, had his rights restored two months after being found with one of the largest child pornography collections in Virginia’s history.” Bowen, of Accomack County, was convicted of aggravated sexual battery and indecent liberties with a minor in 2001 and served a one-year sentence, the Virginian-Pilot reported.