The ads will air through the end of the week on 10 stations in Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads and Richmond.
“Unlike Washington, Virginia has a tradition of leaders from both parties coming together to do what’s right,’’ a narrator says. “But now, Virginia Democrats are acting like Washington politicians, threatening to shut down state government to protect their own political power.”
The ads, which quote newspaper editorial boards across the state which have been critical of Democrats, say public schools, law enforcement and transportation projects are at risk without state funding.
The ads encourage people to sign a petition urging Senate Democrats to vote for a reasonable and fiscally responsible budget. The petition can be found at www.putvirginiafirst.com.
“These radio ads prove that Republicans are just trying to change the conversation. From the beginning of this session, Republicans have pushed a divisive, extreme agenda that doesn't put the needs of Virginia's families front and center,’’ said Joshua Heinrich Karp, a spokesman for the Senate Democrats. “This is just another case of Republicans trying to manufacture a crisis that does not exist. In the last ten years, the Virginia budget has been delayed five times. Democrats remain committed to writing a budget that includes all Virginians, lays a strong foundation for our children's future, and creates sustainable solutions to the transportation crisis.”
Last week, the GOP began targeting the 20 Democrats who helped kill the budget through phone calls and email. Volunteers made thousands of calls into the districts of more than half of the senators and and party chairman sent out a blast e-mail to supporters.
The spending plan has died in a partisan vote twice. It is possible for a new budget plan — from Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) or one brought forward by lawmakers — to pass before legislators adjourn March 10.