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McAuliffe spox admits efforts to ‘kill’ Fox News story exposing ‘astonishing decision’ on controversial hire

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McAuliffe spox admits efforts to ‘kill’ Fox News story exposing ‘astonishing decision’ on controversial hire

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A spokesperson for the Virginia governor’s campaign for Terry McAuliffe acknowledged his efforts to try to “kill” a story about his campaign that allegedly spent $ 60,000 to hire a prominent lawyer known for organizing related legal challenges in the elections.

“I think it’s clear from the basis of this story that we actually… killed the story,” McAuliffe spokeswoman Christina Freundlich tweeted Thursday night in response to Fox News. item revealing an email she mistakenly sent to a Fox News reporter asking his colleagues to try to “kill” a story he was working on.

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Freundlich was widely criticized for the tweet which seemed unaware that the story of her mistakenly sent email had amplified the journalist’s initial question on Twitter and in the media.

“I killed the story I’m talking about and everyone is reading now,” Spectator editor Stephen L. Miller tweeted. “Just top notch stuff over there.”

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“The goal failed,” tweeted Washington Examiner editor-in-chief Timothy Nerozzi.

School Choice Now’s national research director, Corey A. DeAngelis, simply answered “what”.

Less than a month before election day, McAuliffe’s campaign spent $ 53,680 on the services of Elias Law Group, a firm that Marc Elias founded earlier this year, Fox News Previously reported.

Elias had previously worked as a partner at law firm Perkins Coie, which the Hillary Clinton campaign hired in 2016 to conduct opposition research on Donald Trump – research that included the infamous and discredited case by Christopher Steele. Republicans accused Elias of lying to hide the role of the Clinton campaign in funding the case.

Elias represented the Democrats in their efforts to run for office. Prior to the 2020 election, he represented Democrats challenging a Texas law banning “direct voting.”

House Republicans accused Elias of having a “serious conflict of interest” when he represented Iowa Democratic candidate Rita Hart in his effort to reverse the results of his extremely narrow loss to Representative republican. Mariannette Miller Meeks. Members of the GOP Members’ House administration committee said Elias had a conflict because he and Perkins Coie – where he was still working at the time – also made up half of the Democratic committee members who would decide the ‘case.

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professor of law at George Washington University Jonathan Turley wrote that McAuliffe is hiring Elias is an “amazing move.”

McAuliffe had previously nodded as Abrams repeated what some have described as his “big lie” about the 2018 election. Fact checkers with Political fact and United States today found “no evidence” and “little empirical evidence” that Brian Kemp, who served as Georgia’s secretary of state while running against Abrams, stole the election.

A spokesperson for the Youngkin campaign responded to McAuliffe’s remarks by suggesting the Democrat might not accept the election results.

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“McAuliffe’s continued claims that several elections were stolen raise serious doubts as to whether he will accept his own impending defeat and concede when he loses to Glenn Youngkin,” the Fox News spokesperson told the ‘era.

Voters in Virginia will decide the governor’s race between McAuliffe and Youngkin on Tuesday, November 2, and the Fox News poll released Thursday suggests Youngkin has erased McAuliffe’s comfortable lead that he once had weeks ago.

McAuliffe receives 45% versus 53% for Youngkin in a new Fox News poll of likely Virginia voters. Youngkin’s eight-point advantage is outside of the survey’s sampling error margin.

That’s a big change from two weeks ago when McAuliffe was ahead five, 51-46 percent.

Likely voters are a subgroup of registered voters, identified primarily on the basis of self-reported voting intention and interest in the election.

Among the largest pool of registered voters, it’s a one-point race: McAuliffe 47% vs. Youngkin 48%. Two weeks ago, McAuliffe led by 11 points among registered voters, or 52 to 41%.

Fox News’s Tyler O’Neill and Dana Blanton contributed to this report

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