ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A jarring political advertisement has left Ed Gillespie’s family “infuriated” and brought a rapid infusion of cash to his campaign.
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller Tuesday, Gillespie said his wife and children were “disgusted” by the ad, which showed a white man driving a Ford F-250 — complete with a Gillespie bumper sticker and “Don’t Tread On Me” license plates — directly at a group of fleeing minority children.
“They are infuriated,” the Virginia gubernatorial candidate said of his family’s reaction to the ad, which was produced by Latino Victory Fund. “And they’re disgusted. And I understand that. I think it’s always harder on the family than on the candidate himself or herself, but it’s not pleasant, and it’s the kind of thing that makes good people not want to run for public office.”
“But it’s not going to dissuade me, because this race is not about me. This race is about the future of the commonwealth I love and my fellow Virginians.”
Gillespie also said the shocking nature of the ad — which brazenly connected the Republican to white supremacist marchers in Charlottesville, Virginia — has led to a sudden cash infusion for the final week of the campaign.