Terry McAuliffe has pledged not to attack Democrats on the campaign trail, but something that is clearly in his wheelhouse is taking swipes at Republicans.
On Thursday, McAuliffe's team took great offense to a video clip of Mike Huckabee during a campaign event in Tazewell for Republican Bob McDonnell. McAuliffe's folks sent out a release condemning "voter suppression" in the remarks, emailed supporters about the event and even organized a conference call to talk about the affair.
Anyway - here's the clip:
Although the clips comes off as a laugh line and Huckabee is known for tossing around jokes and speaking tongue-in-cheek McAuliffe's campaign clearly was not amused.
Here's a slice of McAuliffe's statement:
"Let's be clear: there are no jokes to be made about denying people the right to vote in this country. It's not a laughing matter. This is a right that people fought and died for, so as public figures, we must be sure that we are setting the standard."
But it sure does seem like a joke. Sort of like the joke Barack Obama made here. Then again Obama also got away with a Special Olympics joke on Jay Leno - so who knows.
I guess you're playing with fire when you joke about voter suppression, and McAuliffe has to want to hit back at somebody.