The National Rifle Association will run a $500,000 television and online ad campaign next week targeting Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who’s running for governor in Virginia, for his stance on gun control, the Washington Post reported Friday.
“Terry McAuliffe has come out and basically stated his support for every gun control scheme imaginable,” said Andrew Arulanandam, a spokesman for the nation’s top gun lobby. “And if Terry has his way, the burden of law in Virginia will be on law-abiding gun owners and not on criminals. That’s a wrong-headed approach. Virginia needs leaders who are going to be tough on crime and tough on criminals.”
A poll released earlier this month by Purple Strategies shows the former Democratic National Committee chairman with a 5-point edge over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.