Nader puts negative spotlight on Democratic leader

In Virginia, next week, there is a Democratic primary for Governor. According to two polls this week, former DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe has now lost the lead.

Over the last couple of weeks, Ralph Nader–who has run for President of the US under both the Green Party and independent banner in previous campaigns– has been commenting negatively about former DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe, including in a June 2nd appearance on Democracy Now! In addition, former Nader campaign staffer Theresa Amato’s book Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny, describes the injustices of McAuliffe against the Nader presidential campaign. A press release about Amato’s book states, “In Grand Illusion, Amato, the national manager of Nader’s lightning-rod 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns, recounts how, after Nader rebuffed Chairman McAuliffe’s offer, the DNC and its state party affiliates embarked on an effort, unprecedented in U.S. history, to force Nader out of the 2004 presidential election. Amato says McAuliffe repeated over and over during a conversation:  Stay out of 19 states.'”

Reported on June 5th:

VIRGINIA. Two new independent polls on next week’s Democratic primary for Governor.
SUFFOLK UNIV: State Sen. Creigh Deeds – 29%, former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe – 26%, former State Delegate Brian Moran – 23%.
RESEARCH 2000: Deeds – 30%, Moran – 27%, McAuliffe – 26%.

from the Politics1 report on the same race, May 26, 2009:

VIRGINIA. …Three new independent polls also show former Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe leading his gubernatorial primary opponents by comfortable margins of 9-14 points.

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