The Campaign Spot

Chopra: Someone Has to Help the Middle Class in this Awful Economy!

Aneesh Chopra, who spent May 2009 to February 2012 as the chief technology officer in the Obama administration, is running for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in Virginia. His first campaign ad emphasizes that it’s gotten so hard for middle-class families to keep up in recent years:

It’s not often that you find a veteran of the Obama administration running against the Obama economy.

For what it’s worth, the unemployment rate in Virginia is currently 5.2 percent (the tenth-lowest in the country, down from 7.2 percent in January 2010) and the median household income in Virginia in 2011 was $62,616, the fifth-highest in the country.

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