Gov. Candidates Beg, But Post NO Ads In My Part Of Virginia

Doug Harris
3 min readOct 2, 2021

If I can’t see you, why should I support you?

One of the two principal candidates for governor of Virginia has been begging me, several times daily, via emails from half a dozen of his support team, to give, give, give to his campaign. I presume lots of people are signing on for $5, $10, $25, $50 or more to get his ever-smiling face back in the governor’s office. But as I said in a note to his campaign a few days ago, I’m not about to contribute to a politician who is invisible in my part of the state.

The former governor is Terry McAuliffe. His opponent, who has never sought public office before, is businessman Glenn Youngkin. The race between them is said right now, on Friday, October 1, to be too close to call. One or another poll says the latter, the Republican candidate, may have a slight edge — and McAuliffe’s email declare, with increasing urgency, that if any edge is to be overcome before the polls close on November 2, everyone who wants Terry to win should bust open the proverbial piggy bank and give, give, give!

Where’s The (Advertising) Beef?

I don’t watch much television — we only have streaming services these days — except when I am at dialysis on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Admittedly, that is daytime TV — and early to mid-morning at that.

But then, back at home, I’m back on my desktop computer, on the internet most of the day, mostly on news-related (or food-related) sites, every day. I have yet to see an ad for the former governor. I’ve seen one for his competitor.

Neither has, thank goodness, graced my mailbox with either begging pitches or ‘vote for me’ mailers.

I’ve heard no commercials for either on the radio — and I have local radio most of the time when I’m in the car. (At home, on my desktop PC, I listen to classical music from WQXR, broadcasting from just across the Hudson River from Manhattan.) (I started listening to that station, live on the radio, when I was a high school student in Upstate New York. That was more than 60 years ago!)

So, no commercials, no mailers. What’s left? Yard signs — which are very popular in this part of the world. Ones supporting Youngkin are all over the place. For McAuliffe? Very few.

Yard Signs Could Be Pointing To The Winner

I’m not a fan of yard signs, but they do produce visibility for candidates. If the visibility they provide was to be the deciding factor in this year’s governor’s race in Virginia, Youngkin would win, hands down.

I think that would be a shame for the citizens of this state because Younkin is a Trump follower, and has been endorsed by Trump three times. Trump really wants to see him win, because right now Virginia is a very blue state — and how Virginia goes, so, often, do other states.

I saw a couple — a couple — of ‘Terry’ signs in Lynchburg this morning. Maybe I should kick in a few (hard-to-part-with) bucks in hopes that maybe a few more will sprout around here.

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Doug Harris

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