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Top Dem Fundraiser Promises Expensive Virginia 2017 Gov Race

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter

Democratic fundraiser Jesse Ferguson promised to make the Virginia gubernatorial race very difficult and expensive for Republicans in an op-ed published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Sunday.

Ferguson was the executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee before he became a senior spokesman for the Clinton campaign in February 2015. The former Republican has a lot of campaign experience in the commonwealth of Virginia, serving the House Democratic Caucus in several positions throughout President George W. Bush’s term in office. Ferguson personally directed over $60 million in campaign spending during the 2014 Republican surge.

“The election of Virginia’s governor is the first chance the voters of this country will get to speak up about the Trump administration,” Ferguson wrote Sunday. “The resistance will start in Richmond.

“Many people have said that the 2018 midterm elections are our version of Star Wars’ “New Hope” where we fight back against the Death Star. If that analogy is to hold true in 2018, then 2017 in Virginia is going to be our “Rogue One,” where the seeds of the resistance are sown.”

The top fundraiser asserts that Virginia is the rightful place to begin the Democratic assault on President Donald Trump’s agenda, due to the state’s status as “diverse” and “tolerant.”

The “resistance” Ferguson speaks of is the Democrat’s reaction to President Donald Trump’s win over Clinton in November. Hundreds of Thousands of protesters came to Washington, DC to demonstrate their rejection of Trump. The Virginia Governor’s race is set to be one of the most dramatic political event in the run-up to the 2018 electoral season nationwide. Two Democrats and three Republicans plan to run in their respective primary.

It should be noted that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton outspent Trump nearly two to one. She raised and spent nearly $1.3 billion during the course of the campaign, compared to Trump’s $600 million.

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