Thursday, May 19, 2016

Update from the Forbes for Congress Campaign

Friend –- 

I wanted to give you a brief update on where things stand as we head into the last three weeks of this primary election.

First, we are in a strong position to capture the GOP nomination on June 14th. The campaign has been working tirelessly to ensure that all the signs, 4x8's, phone calls, and literature are getting out the door and in the hands of voters. Recently, the Forbes campaign launched its first TV ad, which clearly defines what this nomination -- and election -- is all about: who is best positioned to stand against President Obama and his dismantling of our military and defeat ISIS? CLICK HERE to watch the ad.

Just this week, we launched our first radio ad, which features a former head of the Navy SEALs talking about why Randy Forbes is the leader our Armed Forces need. CLICK HERE to listen.

On top of running an aggressive grassroots campaign district-wide -- Randy has also been busy promoting and ensuring that Hampton Roads maintains its unique place in the national defense of our nation and its role in developing and combating the newest threats on the horizon. The Daily Press, The Virginian-Pilot, WAVY, and WVEC recently featured his work.

All Politics is Comparative

As we head into the final weeks of the nomination, the campaign here in the 2nd district will no doubt heat up. The rhetoric that comes from Scott Taylor is only going to continue to become more shrill (as if it couldn't be any more) and I wanted to lay out a few points to consider the next time you hear Taylor lob another personal attack on Randy Forbes.

Point 1 - Polling 

In a survey his campaign released in February -- with lots of fanfare -- Scott Taylor pronounced the race a "tie" (our own internal polling had Randy up double digits). Then in the past few weeks, Taylor released another survey, conducted by the same pollster, showing Taylor losing by 4 points. Folks, that's not a trajectory a campaign wants to be on heading into the final weeks of campaign.

Point 2 - Financial Support

In his most recent campaign finance report, the Taylor campaign showed a lack of support from within the district in the important area of campaign resources. Posting a measly $53,000 (of which 10K came from a personal loan) cash on hand compared to nearly $900,000 cash on hand from the Forbes campaign. It's not always about the money, but people who contribute who live within the district also contribute with their VOTES

Point 3 - Grassroots

Nothing is more illustrative of the differences between the campaigns than in the area of grassroots. With over 200 committed volunteers, we submitted 5,000 signed petitions -- more than Scott Taylor and Pat Caldwell submitted COMBINED. We have over 200 4x8's in every locality in the District (and growing) and thousands of individual signs across the District -- not to mention an impressive showing of dedicated volunteers at each of our neighborhood walks, call nights, and community events. The energy and momentum is palpable. 

Point 4 - Endorsements

It says a lot that while our opponent can count the number endorsements he has received on one hand, Randy has received the endorsement of some of America's top retired Navy SEAL Commanders, who collectively led 7 SEAL teams, as well as 7 Former Secretaries of the Navy, over 50 retired military officers, and over 200 business, community, conservative, and elected leaders from across the Second District. Not to mention the majority of the Virginia Beach Republican Delegation to the General Assembly has backed Randy. These endorsements speak to how much people respect Randy and trust him to effectively represent them in Congress. Read the full list HERE.

Point 5 - Debates

We have one confirmed debate at the Chamber of Commerce this week. We had hoped to coordinate two other debates hosted by party leaders -- but on both occasions Scott Taylor attacked the proposed debate moderators and scuttled plans – despite our efforts. See a pattern developing here? We at the Forbes campaign certainly do.

Point 6 - Message

Ask yourself one question. "What has Scott Taylor said during this entire campaign that he would do if he were my Congressman?" I think you would be hard pressed to find one concrete proposal where Taylor has said anything -- be it in the mail, on the radio, or robo calls -- that isn't just a personal attack on Randy Forbes. Contrast that with the message that has consistently come from Randy Forbes. A consistent conservative whose top priority is defeating the enemies of the United States and ensuring that Hampton Roads maintains its position as not only the home of the greatest Navy in world, but that its men and women in uniform are equipped and trained to not only excel, but come home.

The choice couldn't be more clear.

As we head into "crunch time" and the frequency of the Taylor campaign's attack robo-calls heat up – keep these points in mind and all of your questions will be answered. On to victory on June 14th!

Thanks for your time,


Chris LaCivita
Forbes Campaign Strategist
757-428-0270 (Office)
911 First Colonial Rd | Suite 200 | Virginia Beach, VA 23454

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