Magazine October 16, 2017, Issue

The Normal One

(Roman Genn)
What Ed Gillespie’s gubernatorial campaign means for conservatives

In mid September, the campaign of Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie released a funny YouTube video to promote his transportation plan. A dashboard camera shows Gillespie at the wheel of a light SUV, with former GOP governor Bob McDonnell in the back seat.

McDonnell hectors Gillespie from the back, reminding him that he signed a law requiring seat belts, telling him he’s going too fast, then too slow. Then the men debate whether a right turn on red is permitted at that intersection. At a stoplight, the former governor teases Gillespie: “What shade of green are you waiting for, Ed?”

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