Virginia Republicans John Adams (for Attorney General) and Ed Gillespie (for Governor) each earned endorsements in recent days that “flipped” from their respective opponents four years ago.
First, the Adams campaign announced the endorsement of the Virginia Police Benevolent Association, which represents over 4,700 law enforcement officials:
I wanted to make sure you saw this. The Virginia Police Benevolent Association (PBA) has endorsed John for attorney general.
This is a crucial endorsement for our campaign because, in 2013, the PBA endorsed Mark Herring. Four years later, it’s clear that Herring hasn’t lived up to his campaign promises and has politicized the office to pursue his own agenda.
As Virginia’s top law enforcement official, Mark Herring hasn’t earned the trust and support of rank-and-file law enforcement. That’s a huge deal. It also adds to a narrative, as Adams already secured the support of an impressive list of Virginia Sheriffs.
In the race for Governor, Gillespie earned the support from one of the largest group’s representing Virginia’s farmers and agriculture community:
The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC today endorsed Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie in the 2017 Virginia governor’s race. The announcement reflects Gillespie’s support for Virginia’s farmers and his desire to grow the agriculture and forestry industry.
Just as the VPBA endorsed the Democrat in 2013, AgPAC endorsed Democrat Ralph Northam for Lieutenant Governor in 2013 and has now flipped against Northam. That’s a big move that shows how serious Gillespie’s agriculture and forestry proposals are being taken by the folks whose livelihoods depend upon it.
The 2017 Republican ticket in Virginia is flipping support because it’s comprised of serious, policy-oriented candidates. That should be rewarded this November.