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In a bombshell last week, Democratic Senator John Walsh was exposed as a plagiarist.

In a bombshell this week, Michelle Nunn was exposed as a DC consultant-driven fraud, after her entire campaign plan was leaked to the National Review. In response, the Nunn campaign did not dispute its authenticity.

The Marietta Daily Journal's front page says the leaked plan will have Nunn playing "damage control."

The news also made the Atlanta Journal Constitution's front page. Dan Malloy wrote that the memo may spell trouble for the Nunn campaign: "The Michelle Nunn strategy memos are sure to be a topic of conversation through November."

The AJC's Kyle Wingfield was more blunt, writing that it was a "very bad day for Michelle Nunn's candidacy and campaign."

In the Marietta Daily Journal, Joe Kirby explained how the leaked memo makes a Nunn loss more likely:

Democrat Michelle Nunn's uphill battle to win a seat in the U.S. Senate got a whole lot more challenging on Monday after National Review released a highly detailed 144-page internal strategy memo from inside the Nunn campaign that was briefly posted online, apparently inadvertently, back in December. The bombshell memo frets Nunn can come across as a "lightweight," "too liberal" and not a "real Georgian." While she served as CEO for the Points of Light Foundation, the organization gave grants to "inmates" and "terrorists," it says. And it warns her Senate campaign must feature images of her and her family "in rural settings with rural-oriented imagery" because the Atlanta-based candidate will struggle to connect with rural voters.
In Atlanta, NPR reported the National Review story:

A National Review Article says the nonprofit previously headed by Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn gave grant money to a charitable organization whose parent organization has alleged ties to Hamas. Hamas has been at war with Israel and is considered a terrorist group by the U.S. State Department.
On MSNBC, Chuck Todd explained why the leak is a massive problem for Nunn:

This is her introduction to Georgia voters here. She looks like another politician and sometimes the ham handed version of an image driven politician. That's not a good look these days for any politician let alone somebody like Michelle Nunn trying to run in Georgia.
It certainly is not.

Ward Baker, our political director, criticized the campaign memo:

Never before has a Senate campaign openly admitted that its number one objective is to deceive voters and hide a candidate's true beliefs from public view. The hundred plus pages of Michelle Nunn's campaign plan reveals a deliberate effort to manipulate Georgia voters.
On CNN this morning, the Atlantic's Molly Ball said, "I think we can anticipate that this will become a refrain in the campaign."

We think she's right.

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Bill Murphy | July 29, 2014 |
On Fox and Friends this morning, Natalie Tennant had a hard time talking about her past support of President Obama.

Tennant supported Obama in 2008 and 2012. She was even a delegate for him at the 2012 DNC convention in Charlotte!

Her record includes supporting Obama’s disastrous policies on coal and healthcare — two of the most unpopular policies in West Virginia.

Now, she wants West Virginians to believe she is some sort of independent, who will do a better job of holding the president accountable than Republican Shelley Moore Capito and a GOP majority.

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Bill Murphy | July 29, 2014 |
Mark Warner may want a do-over of last weekend's debate with Ed Gillespie.

The vulnerable incumbent stumbled during it, misrepresenting his Republican opponent’s record and clumsily dodging questions about his own support of the EPA, Obamacare and other Obama initiatives.

Warner has tried to paint himself as an independent operative, but any examination of his record shows that he is one of the most liberal candidates seeking re-election this cycle.

Warner is a “blank check” for Obama, as Gillespie noted in Saturday’s debate:

His press releases are very bipartisan, but his floor votes are very partisan … Governor Warner wouldn’t recognize Senator Warner today.
Warner continued his support for Obamacare, though, saying that the law just needs to be “fixed," not repealed.

Gillespie criticized the president’s failed policy, saying “I fought Obamacare every step of the way.” Gillespie pointed out that Warner had “strong-armed” his colleagues into voting for the legislation.

Warner waffled again when he was asked to take a position on new EPA regulations that threaten thousands of American jobs in the energy industry — including Virginia jobs. He said that he would have to wait until the end of the comment period before he could make a decision. Gillespie has already come out publicly against the new EPA overreaches.

Gillespie’s strong debate performance shows that this election will come down to the wire. Check out debate highlights in the above video.

As Gillespie gains ground, Warner’s camp is right to worry.

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Bill Murphy | July 28, 2014 |

Photo credit: Iowa GOP

Joni Ernst's first event after her deployment — "Veterans for Joni" — happened this morning in Urbandale, Iowa, at The Machine Shed.

Iowans welcomed Joni back from training with open arms and overwhelming support. She started a conversation about pressing national issues, and fielded questions from Iowa reporters.

Check out photos from the event!

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Bill Murphy | July 28, 2014 |
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