For Immediate Release
Date: September 8, 2017
Contact: Ofirah Yheskel, email@example.com
Northam Campaign to Air New Ad “Whoever”
“Whoever” Sets the Record Straight on Gillespie’s Attacks Against Dr. Ralph Northam
Also Highlights Gillespie’s Career as a Corporate Lobbyist and Showing Up for Whoever Pays Him
Richmond, Va. — In response to the Gillespie campaign’s latest attacks against Dr. Ralph Northam’s record, the Northam campaign announced today it will begin airing a new ad entitled “Whoever” to highlight Ralph’s life and career of serving others.
As an army doctor, volunteer medical director at a children’s hospice center and pediatric neurologist, Ralph’s entire life has been committed to public service. As a state senator and lieutenant governor, Ralph passed the Virginia law requiring concussion standards for school sports and led the fight to ban smoking in restaurants.
As a corporate lobbyist, Ed Gillespie will show up for whomever is paying him — and as governor, that means being Donald Trump’s top lobbyist in Virginia.
I’m Ralph Northam, candidate for governor, and I sponsor this ad.
Ed Gillespie says Dr. Ralph Northam doesn’t show up?
Dr. Ralph Northam was an Army doctor and a volunteer medical director at a children’s hospice.
He passed the Virginia law requiring concussion standards for school sports, and the smoking ban in restaurants.
And Dr. Northam is working to connect veterans to good-paying jobs in Virginia.
Ed Gillespie is a Washington, D.C. corporate lobbyist. He shows up for whoever pays him.
Audio: “I’m Ralph Northam, candidate for governor, and I sponsored this ad.”
Super: Ed Gillespie Attack Ad
Audio: Ed Gillespie says Dr. Ralph Northam doesn’t show up?
Super: Dr. Ralph Northam: Army Doctor
Super: Dr. Ralph Northam: Volunteer at Children’s Hospice
Audio: Dr. Ralph Northam was an Army doctor and a volunteer medical director at a children’s hospice.
Northam Was An Army Doctor
Richmond Times-Dispatch: “Northam Did Eight Years Of Active Duty In The U.S. Army.” “Northam did eight years of active duty in the U.S. Army. He did his pediatric residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and a child neurology fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. In the early 1990s, during Operation Desert Storm, he treated evacuated injured soldiers at a medical center in Germany — an experience that has stayed with him.” [Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/14/13]
Northam Was A Volunteer Medical Director At A Pediatric Hospice
Ralph Northam Has Been The Volunteer Medical Director At Edmarc Hospice For Children For Eighteen Years. “For 16 years, Northam has also been the volunteer medical director for Edmarc Hospice for Children in Portsmouth, a nonprofit organization that serves children not expected to survive into adulthood.” [Washington Post, 7/27/14]
Super: Dr. Ralph Northam: Passed Concussion Standards
Audio: He passed the Virginia law requiring concussion standards for school sports…
Northam Passed A Law Requiring Concussion Standards
2010: Northam Passed A Law To Create Guidelines For Dealing With Concussions In Student-Athletes. “Requires the Board of Education to develop and distribute to local school divisions by July 1, 2011, guidelines for policies dealing with concussions in student-athletes and requires each local school division to develop policies and procedures regarding the identification and handling of suspected concussions in student-athletes.” [SB 652, Enacted 4/11/10]
Super: Dr. Ralph Northam: Passed Smoking Ban in Restaurants
Audio: The smoking ban in restaurants…
Northam Passed The Law Banning Smoking In Bars And Restaurants
2009: Northam Passed A Law Banning Smoking In Bars And Restaurants. “Establishes a statewide ban on smoking in restaurants. The bill contains several exemptions from this prohibition where smoking may be permitted, including a restaurant that is constructed in such a manner that areas where smoking may be permitted are structurally separated from the portion of the restaurant in which smoking is prohibited and such areas are separately vented. The bill contains technical amendments.” [SB 1105, Enacted 3/9/09]
Super: Dr. Ralph Northam: Connecting Veterans to Good Paying Jobs
Audio: And, Dr. Northam is working to connect veterans to good paying jobs in Virginia.
Northam Is Working To Connect Veterans To Good Paying Jobs
2015: Northam Vowed To Work With Governor McAuliffe And The General Assembly To Create A Pilot Program To Help Former Military Medics And Corpsmen To Find Private Sector Health Care Jobs. “Lieutenant Governor Northam released the following statement in response to Governor McAuliffe’s budget proposal to provide $13 million for education, healthcare and other services for returning veterans and their families: ‘I applaud the Governor for prioritizing the needs of Virginia’s veterans in the state budget. Virginia is home to the fastest growing population of veterans in the entire country, and the Commonwealth should be a welcoming place for each and every one of them and their families. As a former Army doctor who treated soldiers during Desert Storm, I am particularly glad the Governor will invest in a new program to connect returning military medics and corpsmen to healthcare jobs. Currently, these highly-skilled and experienced men and women may have to spend two or more years out of work while they seek civilian credentials. That’s no way to treat our veterans who have put their lives on the line for our safety. I look forward to working with the Governor and the General Assembly to ensure this investment is included in the final budget.’” [Press Release, Lt. Gov. Northam, 12/11/15]
2016: Northam Vowed To Work With The General Assembly To “Help Veterans Receive Credentials For Their Military Experience And Connect Returning Military Medics And Corpsmen To Private Sector Health-Care Jobs.” Ralph Northam wrote in the Richmond Times Dispatch, “I’m proud to support legislation that will help veterans receive credentials for their military experience and connect returning military medics and corpsmen to private-sector health-care jobs. As lieutenant governor, I will fight to make our commonwealth a healthy and prosperous home for every Virginian, and I support McAuliffe’s biennial budget that provides for the solutions highlighted above. I’m hopeful that – working together in a bipartisan fashion – the General Assembly will advance policies that grow our economy, expand access to quality health care, empower individuals and families and support our veterans.” [Ralph Northam, Richmond Times Dispatch, 1/19/16]
2016: The Governor Signed The Military Medics And Corpsmen (MMAC) Into Law; Northam Said It Could Help “Hundreds Of Veterans To Gain Employment.” “Governor McAuliffe today ceremonially signed the Military Medics and Corpsmen bill, establishing the Virginia Military Medics and Corpsmen (MMAC) Pilot Program in the Commonwealth. Modeled after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Intermediate Care Technician Program, SB 437 established Virginia’s MMAC Program, which is the first of its kind in the nation, creating pathways to employment to Virginia’s health care fields for highly skilled medical veterans. […] ‘As a former Army doctor, I worked alongside military medics while treating soldiers injured during Desert Storm,” said Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam. “Our medics and corpsmen have extensive training and valuable experience, and this important piece of legislation recognizes their service, helps them transition into our civilian health systems, and has the potential for hundreds of veterans to gain employment in healthcare jobs throughout Virginia.’” [Governor McAuliffe, 6/27/16; Delegate Chris Stolle, 6/28/16]
2016: Northam: “I Was Proud To Work With The Governor And General Assembly To Establish A Program That Will Connect Our Returning Military Medics And Corpsmen To Private-Sector Health Care Jobs.” “I was proud to work with the governor and General Assembly to establish a program that will connect our returning military medics and corpsmen to private-sector health care jobs. Previously, these skilled women and men would go unemployed for years while employers left positions vacant. The new medic corpsmen program is a win-win and is an example of public and private sectors working together to build our economy.” [Ralph Northam, 8/22/16]
February, 2017: The MMAC Announced Jeffrey Filler Was Its First Hire; Filler Was Hired By Chesapeake Regional Healthcare To Be A Anesthesia Technician. “The Hampton Roads Business Journal reported, “Jeffrey Filler, a former Navy corpsman, will work at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center as an anesthesia technician and is the first hire facilitated by Virginia’s Military Medics and Corpsmen Program. The two-year pilot program allows recently discharged veterans as well as medics and corpsman who are transitioning out of the service to perform certain medical procedures under the supervision of a physician at major health care systems in Virginia. […] In addition to Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, the state said it has signed a program agreement with Bon Secours Virginia Health Systems. Agreements are pending with Carilion Clinic, Inova Health System, Mountain States Health Alliance and Sentara.” [Hampton Roads Business Journal, 2/7/17]
Northam Has Pledged To Continue The V3 Successes And Make It A Top Priority Of His Administration To Help Active Duty Members Transition To The Civilian Workforce. “Governor McAuliffe and his administration should be applauded for the fantastic work they have done in this area, specifically with Virginia Values Veterans (V3), a public-private partnership that has resulted in the hiring of over 24,000 veterans by Virginia businesses. Ralph will continue the tremendous work of the V3 program, and it will be one of the top priorities of his secretary of veterans & defense affairs to continue to help our active duty members transition to the civilian workforce.” [Northam For Governor]
Northam Has Pledged To Replicate The Pilot Program At Fort Lee Which Equips Active Duty Service Members With Multiple Industry-Recognized Credentials Prior To Leaving The Military. “These men and women are some of the most capable, solutions-oriented people on earth, and if we give them the tools, they can drive our economy. In Southside, at Fort Lee, there is a pilot program right now that equips active duty service members with multiple industry-recognized credentials prior to them even leaving the military. At last check, they had a 100 percent employment rate. By leveraging federal assistance, we should be replicating similar programs at military installations across the commonwealth.” [Northam For Governor]
Northam Has Pledged To Prioritize Expanding Job Opportunities For Veterans As Governor. “As governor, Northam will create a Virginia-only Transition Assistance Program to encourage servicemembers to stay in Virginia as they transition to civilian life. He will set a goal of 50,000 new hires through the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program, expand the Military Medics and Corpsmen (MMAC) program, and expand entrepreneurship opportunities for veterans, particularly in high-demand sectors such as IT and cybersecurity.” [Northam For Governor]
Super: Ed Gillespie’s Lobbyist Clients:
Audio: Ed Gillespie is a Washington, DC corporate lobbyist. He shows up for whoever pays him.
Ed Gillespie “Made His Fortune” At Lobbying Firm That He Sold For $40 Million, Represented Enron, Chamber of Commerce, and Microsoft. “Gillespie made his fortune as a partner with Democrat Jack Quinn in a lobbying firm that they reportedly sold for $40 million in 2004. Among the company’s clients were Enron, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Microsoft, Tyson Foods, Viacom, PricewaterhouseCoopers and DaimlerChrysler, according to the watchdog group Public Citizen.” [Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1/17/14]
Washingtonian Magazine: “Gillespie… Turned His Relationship With President Bush Into An $18-Million Business.” “Edward Gillespie, Quinn Gillespie & Associates. The Democrats may have won Congress, but the White House is still in Republican hands, and this former RNC chair has turned his relationship with President Bush into an $18-million business. […] His blue-chip client list includes AT&T, Sony, and big drug companies. Some of his largest fees have come from Canadian lumber producers seeking access to US markets.” [Washingtonian, 6/1/07]
Dick Armey Said Gillespie’s “Favorite Line Was, ‘Dick, I Make More Money By Knowing You Than You Make By Being You.’” “Dick Armey, the former House majority leader, on whose staff Mr. Gillespie worked for a decade, is among them. ‘His favorite line was, ‘Dick, I make more money by knowing you than you make by being you,’’ Mr. Armey said.” [New York Times, 5/16/04]