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Letter to the Editor: Gillespie is distorting the facts to get elected

Staunton NewsLeaderWe expect politicians to distort the facts to get elected. But it’s an entirely different thing when you create false information (Trump would call it fake news) and outright lie to get votes. That’s what Ed Gillespie is doing in his ads attacking Ralph Northam for voting to allow sanctuary cities. Let’s set the record straight. There are no sanctuary cities in Virginia. And if an illegal alien commits a crime, whether in Alexandria, Richmond, Lynchburg, or Staunton, they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But don’t take my word for it. Go to http://www.factcheck.org/2017/09/ed-gillespies-sanctuary-cities-attacks/ which provides a good explanation of the issue; even Gillespie acknowledges there are no sanctuary cities in Virginia!

This presents voters with two problems. First, Gillespie has no integrity. He will lie and cheat if that is what it takes to get your vote and we can expect he’ll continue to lie and cheat if elected. As a lobbyist he represented Enron, a company that lied to its investors, the Bank of America which lied to its customers, and Anthem, a company that is now trying to undercut reimbursements to Augusta Health.

The second problem is one of morality. Jesus referred to Satan as the “father of lies.” If, as Biblical scholars contend, Satan uses lies to separate God’s children from their heavenly father, then how should moral individuals respond to politicians like Gillespie, who lie with impunity?

Neither gubernatorial candidate is without his flaws. But Gillespie, through his negative attack ads, reminds us of how low a politician will go to get elected. Why would anyone vote for a blatantly dishonest individual without a shred of morality for governor? If your answer is “I like where he stands on the issues” remember that when someone is untruthful, you really don’t know where he stands on the issues.

Carla Meixner
Staunton

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