FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, CRAIG CARPER – Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times Dispatch joins 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper for this week’s political analysis. Topics include President Trump’s endorsement of state gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, a controversial ad from Gillespie focused on rights restoration, and a mailer from the Northam campaign that links Gillespie with President Trump and the violence in Charlottesville.
Following the summertime rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, a citizen group has launched a petition to recall all five members of the City Council.
One of the speakers at the recall announcement was 13-year-old Savannah Lynn Misner who said, “Our current leaders must be held accountable for this mess.”
The head of the petition drive, Pat Napoleon, says Charlottesville can't heal under its existing leadership. “What I don't hear is the proper responsibility being taken by the current leaders.”
Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch joins 88.9 WCVE’s Saraya Wintersmith for this week’s political analysis.
Topics include: a cast of national political players making appearances on behalf of Virginia’s major-party gubernatorial hopefuls; a recap of the trio of newly released polls; a look at numbers from the latest finance filings; and a decision about campaign materials lands Democrats smack in the middle of racial optics and Republican Party ridicule.
Former President Barack Obama is making his first campaign appearance since leaving office here, tonight (10/19), in Richmond, and pollsters say his influence among young voters and African Americans could be important.
Virginia ech Political Commentator Bob Denton says Obama could make a difference. “He is critical once again to try to drive up the base really targeting his popularity primarily toward the minority community and the 18-29-year olds.”
Republican Ed Gillespie trails Democrat Ralph Northam in most polls, but the deficit is within the margin of error.
Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch joins 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper for this week’s political analysis. Topics include politicians visiting to boost the gubernatorial candidate races, the latest gubernatorial debate, and an investigation of the Attorney General’s office recently launched.
Phil Liles: Now here is WCVE’s News Director Craig Carper and Jeff Schapiro with the Richmond Times-Dispatch for this week’s commentary.