| "We've seen this movie before", writes Terry McAuliffe in a fundraising email attacking Bob McDonnell's stance on extending unemployment benefits as too much like Jim Gilmore's position almost a decade ago. You see, when Gilmore served as Governor, Virginians repeatedly failed to claim federal matching funds for children's health insurance and refused to extend emergency unemployment aid to workers laid off from the Tultex textile plant in Martinsville.
Yet, in 2000, when the Tultex workers were laid off, it was Brian Moran, not Terry McAuliffe, who came to their aid against Jim Gilmore.
Along with Delegate Ward Armstrong, Brian Moran co-patroned the Textile Workers Relief Act, which increased unemployment benefits and extended health care insurance for a year for anyone who lost a job due to a plant closing related to the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA). Gilmore vetoed the act.
"Terry McAuliffe may have seen the movie about fighting Jim Gilmore to protect workers in Martinsville, but Brian Moran was a member of the cast," Campaign Manager Andrew Roos said. "In these tough times, Virginia needs a leader who will fight for them. There is no better way to know what a person will fight for than to know what they have fought for, and Brian Moran has fought hard for the people of Virginia for 20 years. We need someone fighting for us in Richmond in these challenging economic times, and that's why voters are gravitating toward Brian Moran."
Crossposted at Raising Moran.