Virginia governor candidate builds supporter list off Limbaugh’s death


Youngkin wrote: “I hope you will join my wife and me in extending our deepest sympathies and thoughtful prayers to Rush Limbaugh’s family and friends,” before adding that “you can co-sign our sympathy card here.”

Online donations are more and more highly effective gas for political campaigns, and “sign the card” appeals are widespread within the political world as campaigns and teams take each step potential to develop their e-mail lists — and comply with up with asks for money later. “Birthday cards” for the likes of former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump have been highly effective list-builders in each events prior to now. Circulating “petitions” on hot-button matters can also be widespread.

But some Virginia Republicans mentioned they had been stunned by Youngkin’s choice to build his database off Limbaugh’s passing, which they criticized as insensitive. The conservative world got here collectively Wednesday to commemorate the longtime radio host, who handed away at 70 years outdated after a yearlong battle with lung most cancers.

A Youngkin spokesman declined to touch upon the choice, however pointed to a tweet the candidate posted Wednesday honoring Limbaugh.

Youngkin is competing in a crowded Republican area for governor in Virginia this year. Other candidates embody state Sen. Amanda Chase, former state House speaker Kirk Cox and enterprise capitalist Pete Snyder. The GOP nominating conference is to happen in May, forward of the November basic election.