Adrienne Elrod, a former communications director for Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign, admitted on Tuesday that Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam "supports sanctuary cities."
Appearing on Fox News' "America's Newsroom," Elrod criticized the Republican gubernatorial candidate, Ed Gillespie, for tying Northam to sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants.
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"Ed Gillespie has essentially blamed Ralph Northam for MS-13 violence because he casted the deciding vote to support sanctuary cities in Virginia, which by the way, there are no sanctuary cities in Virginia," Elrod said.
The Republican-controlled Virginia General Assembly considered legislation back in February aimed at banning sanctuary cities, which are localities that will not detain and deport people who are in the country illegally. The vote ended up being a 20-20 tie, so Northam, the lieutenant governor, cast the tie-breaking vote against the bill.
National Review editor Rich Lowry asked Elrod why Northam would cast the deciding vote against the ban on sanctuary cities.
"Well, because he supports sanctuary cities," Elrod said.
"Right, exactly. And sanctuary cities make it easier for illegal criminals to stay in this country," Lowry replied.
Elrod is one of several Clinton campaign alumni who have supported or have been involved in the Northam campaign, including Clinton herself, as the campaign makes its final push before next Tuesday's election.
Clinton's former campaign manager Robby Mook hosted a phone bank event with Harvard University Democrats on Monday. Her former national press secretary Brian Fallon has also been involved as a senior adviser at the Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA Action, which is part of a digital campaign to elect Northam.
Priorities USA Action has coordinated with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, NextGen America, and Virginia League of Conservation Voters in that campaign. Those groups have each donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Northam. Through September 30, these three organizations have donated over $4 million to his campaign.
Clinton hosted a campaign fundraiser in New York for Northam in early October.
Fallon, a CNN contributor, also compared Gillespie's campaign to white supremacists last Friday. He tweeted out an image of white supremacists marching with tiki torches in Charlottesville, Va. with the caption "Live look at Ed Gillespie campaign strategy meeting."
Live look at Ed Gillespie campaign strategy meeting: pic.twitter.com/izcs57hZUv
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) October 27, 2017